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From the green belt: an appraisal on the circulation of western Iberian variscite

Author(s): Carlos Rodriguez-Rellan ; Ramón Fábregas Valcarce ; António Faustino Carvalho

Year: 2017

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The Western half of the Iberian Peninsula plays a significant role for understanding the production and circulation of "green stone objects" (mainly variscite adornments, but also some jadeite axe heads) during the Neolithic and Copper Age of Western Europe. This importance lies in the presence in the area of two out of the three prehistoric variscite mines in Europe.

Through an extensive review of the variscite adornments found in the archaeological contexts of Western Iberia, we will try to offer a comprehensive view of the spatial and chronological distribution of these objects and also to provide some hints that may help to increase our understanding of the significance that the "green stones" would have had for the prehistoric communities of the study area.

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From the green belt: an appraisal on the circulation of western Iberian variscite. Carlos Rodriguez-Rellan, Ramón Fábregas Valcarce, António Faustino Carvalho. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431420)


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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): 15088

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