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So long blades... : Materiality and symbolism in the north-eastern Balkan Copper Age

Abstract : With the benefit of more than 20 years of hindsight, the time is ripe for a re- examination of Chalcolithic lithic industries of the north-eastern Balkans in the light of newly published data and a more accurate chronology. In this study, we present a detailed examination of the economic and social position of the various blade productions of these hierarchized societies, following the regional chronological sequences and the various cultural groups identified on the basis of ceramics. In fact, the lithic traditions define two areas of domestic production which remained unchanged throughout the period: the first, characterized by indirect percussion, lies broadly to the south of the eastern Danube while the other, involving direct percussion, lies to the north. In addition, there is evidence for parallel specialized productions, intended for export, which comprise blades manufactured by indirect percussion on specialized mining sites, as well as blades manufactured using lever pressure debitage and blades produced using standing pressure debitage. The evolution, position and role of the various lithic productions are examined for the centuries spanning the Early Chalcolithic to the beginning of the Late Chalcolithic.
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Laurence Manolakakis. So long blades... : Materiality and symbolism in the north-eastern Balkan Copper Age. L. Manolakakis, N. Schlanger, A. Coudart. European Archaeology - Identities & Migrations. , pp.265-284, 2017, 978-90-8890-520-9. ⟨halshs-01589617⟩



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