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Ivory craftsmanship, trade and social significance in the southern Iberian Copper Age: the evidence from the PP4? Montelirio sector of Valencina de la Concepción (Seville, Spain)

Ivory craftsmanship, trade and social significance in the southern Iberian Copper Age: the evidence from the PP4? Montelirio sector of Valencina de la Concepción (Seville, Spain)
Ivory craftsmanship, trade and social significance in the southern Iberian Copper Age: the evidence from the PP4? Montelirio sector of Valencina de la Concepción (Seville, Spain)
Because of its great potential to provide data on contacts and overseas trade, ivory has aroused a great deal of interest since the very start of research into Iberian late prehistory. Research recently undertaken by the German Archaeological Institute in Madrid in collaboration with a number of other institutions has provided valuable contributions to the study of ivory in the Iberian Copper Age and Early Bronze Age. One of the archaeological sites that is contributing the most data for analysing ivory from the Copper Age in southern Iberia is Valencina de la Concepcion (Seville), which is currently the focus of several debates on the development of social complexity. This article contributes to this line of research by providing new, unpublished evidence and by examining the significance of ivory craftsmanship in commercial, social, and ideological terms. It also assesses in greater detail the prominent part played by luxury ivory items as an expression of social status and power.

copper age, fourier transformed infrared (ftir)-spectroscopy, craft specialization, radiocarbon dating, burial practices, ivory, trade, social complexity, elemental analysis, iberia, isotopic ratio mass spectrometry, optical microscopy
1461-9571
Garcia Sanjuan, Leonardo
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Luciañez Triviño, Miriam
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Schuhmacher, Thomas
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Garcia Sanjuan, Leonardo
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Garcia Sanjuan, Leonardo, Luciañez Triviño, Miriam, Schuhmacher, Thomas, Wheatley, David and Banerjee, Arun (2013) Ivory craftsmanship, trade and social significance in the southern Iberian Copper Age: the evidence from the PP4? Montelirio sector of Valencina de la Concepción (Seville, Spain). European Journal of Archaeology. (doi:10.1179/1461957113Y.0000000037).

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Because of its great potential to provide data on contacts and overseas trade, ivory has aroused a great deal of interest since the very start of research into Iberian late prehistory. Research recently undertaken by the German Archaeological Institute in Madrid in collaboration with a number of other institutions has provided valuable contributions to the study of ivory in the Iberian Copper Age and Early Bronze Age. One of the archaeological sites that is contributing the most data for analysing ivory from the Copper Age in southern Iberia is Valencina de la Concepcion (Seville), which is currently the focus of several debates on the development of social complexity. This article contributes to this line of research by providing new, unpublished evidence and by examining the significance of ivory craftsmanship in commercial, social, and ideological terms. It also assesses in greater detail the prominent part played by luxury ivory items as an expression of social status and power.

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Published date: May 2013
Keywords: copper age, fourier transformed infrared (ftir)-spectroscopy, craft specialization, radiocarbon dating, burial practices, ivory, trade, social complexity, elemental analysis, iberia, isotopic ratio mass spectrometry, optical microscopy
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 353784
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/353784
ISSN: 1461-9571
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Date deposited: 18 Jun 2013 09:33
Last modified: 09 Dec 2019 20:02

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