Journal article

Cycles in Stone Mining and Copper Circulation in Europe 5500-2000 bc: A View from Space

Peter Schauer, Stephen Shennan, Andrew Bevan, Sue Colledge, Kevan Edinborough, Tim Kerig, Mike Parker Pearson

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

The authors of this article consider the relationship in European prehistory between the procurement of high-quality stones (for axeheads, daggers, and other tools) on the one hand, and the early mining, crafting, and deposition of copper on the other. The data consist of radiocarbon dates for the exploitation of stone quarries, flint mines, and copper mines, and of information regarding the frequency through time of jade axeheads and copper artefacts. By adopting a broad perspective, spanning much of central-western Europe from 5500 to 2000 bc, they identify a general pattern in which the circulation of the first copper artefacts was associated with a decline in specialized stone quarrying...

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Awarded by Leverhulme Trust


Funding Acknowledgements

The research described here was funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant (RPG-2015-199), for which we are extremely grateful. We would also like to thank Miljana Radivojevic ', several anonymous reviewers, and the editor, who provided very helpful comments on an earlier draft, as well as the technical editor for her improvements to the text.