The Ancient Lingling-O: Understanding Jade Stone Manufacture through Experimental Drilling and Scanning Electron Microscope Analysis
Author(s): Richard Nicolas
This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
The aim of this project is to understand the processes of jade stone manufacture of the Lingling-o, an ancient jade ornamental artifact found in Southeast Asia. As a favored body decoration in prehistoric societies, its distribution through a sea-based trade network in South China Sea, and the manufacture of jade stone materials influence the development of technological industries in Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines during the Neolithic and Bronze-Iron Age. Considering the nature of jade artifacts from known archaeological sites, this experiment aims to reconstruct technological inventions by remanufacturing the circular disk blanks use in making lingling-o by way of experimental drilling and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) analysis in order to further understand behavioral processes and material resource procurement. Analyzing the stages of production allows characterization of craft specialization and the evolution of industries along with their socio-political strategies.
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The Ancient Lingling-O: Understanding Jade Stone Manufacture through Experimental Drilling and Scanning Electron Microscope Analysis. Richard Nicolas. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449378)
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Abstract Id(s): 25278