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Petrographic and Chemical Analysis of Grinding Stones Collected in Shkodra, Albania

Author(s): Zhaneta Gjyshja

Year: 2017

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The Shkodra Archaeological Project (PASH) took place in the Shkodra region of northern Albania. Shkodra presents a wide variety of ecosystems and landscapes, which interact with each other, leading to variation in human settlement, social behaviors, and land use, from prehistory to modern times. During the project, fifty-nine grinding stones were collected from various sites. Preliminary analysis shows that they vary in size and type, are composed of different materials, and belong to different periods, from prehistory to Medieval times. My study incorporates petrography, chemical analysis, and residual analysis in order to determine the source of the grinding stones and how they were used. These data will help us to reconstruct trade, economic and social interactions, and, tentatively, diet, through time.


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Petrographic and Chemical Analysis of Grinding Stones Collected in Shkodra, Albania. Zhaneta Gjyshja. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430385)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14963

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America