This book, constructed around a central theme rather than a specific time period or region, aims to show how different researchers working on different topics address the issues around the inter-relationships between groups in pre- and protohistoric periods, through the analysis of certain raw materials. This diachronic perspective allows the reader to obtain a broader view of some of the lines of research that are being followed in different areas of the Mediterranean. The editors intend for this monograph to open its doors to researchers who work over a broad chronological period, rather than focusing on a specific moment, as some congresses or collective monographs do. It is hoped that it presents avenues for future research, which can help other researchers to understand some of the lines that are currently being followed and the methodologies that are being used to analyse and determine the origin of raw materials used in the preparation of ornaments, ceramic vessels, lithic instruments, and other objects.
Ana Cruz is the Head of the Centre for Transdisciplinary Archaeologies of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar. She is also a Postdoctoral student at the Geology Department of the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, and a member of the Archaeology Unit of the Geology Department (SSLE).
Juan F. Gibaja received a PhD in Prehistory from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2002. Since 2016, he has been a researcher at the CSIC (Spanish Research Council). Specializing in use-wear analysis, his research has in recent years focused on funerary practices and the transition from Mesolithic to Neolithic in the central and western Mediterranean.
Contributors: Rodrigo Banha da Silva, Cristina Barrocas Dias, David Ben-Shlomo, Pilar Bravo, António Faustino Carvalho, Deborah Cassuto, Nuria Castañeda, Bahattin Çeli̇k, Ana Cruz, Miriam Cubas, Ana Curto, Antonio de Freitas, Arturo de Lombera-Hermida, Jorge de Oliveira, João Carlos de Senna-Martinez, Luís Dias, Stephanie Duboscq, Ramón Fábregas Valcarce, Teresa Fernandes, Juan F. Gibaja, Paloma González, Emiliano Hinojo, Cătălin Lazăr, Joan Manel Coll, Ana Manhita, Monica Mărgărit, Araceli Martín, Alba Masclans, Chris McKinny, José Mirão, Berta Morell, Millán Mozota, Xavier Oms, Antoni Palomo, Pierre Petrequin, Jesús V. Picazo Millán, Javier Plasencia, Eduardo Porfírio, Valentin Radu, Cláudia Relvado, Gerard Remolins, Cheila Ribeiro, Leonor Rocha, José Mª Rodanés Vicente, Carlos Rodríguez-Rellán, Jordi Roig, Luis Santos, Miguel Serra, Itzhaq Shai, Casey Sharp, Maria Eulàlia Subirà, Rodrigo Villalobos García
'This book provides interesting data and insights into the question of interregional exchanges through the analysis of material culture. … Most of the chapters offer fresh new data.’ Peer reviewer