Green Treasures from the Magic Mountains: The Use of Jadeitite and Other Alpine Rocks in Neolithic Europe
The results of a major, French-led international research program investigating the use of jadeitite and other Alpine rocks in Neolithic Europe - Project JADE and JADE2 - are summarized. The significance of the green color of most of these rocks, and of the montane location of their sources, is discussed in terms of the belief systems of the people who made, exchanged, and used the axe- and adze-heads and disc-rings made of these materials. The ways in which these materials were recognized in prehistory are reviewed, and the life-histories of certain artifacts are described. Some case studies highlighting the way in which Alpine objects moved and were used are presented.
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Green Treasures from the Magic Mountains: The Use of Jadeitite and Other Alpine Rocks in Neolithic Europe. Alison Sheridan, Pierre Pétrequin, Michel Errera. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431422)
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Abstract Id(s): 15167