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Use-wear Analyses of Polished and Bevelled Stone Artefacts during the Sepulcres de Fossa/ Pit Burials Horizon (NE Iberia, c. 4000–3400 cal B.C.)

Alba Masclans Latorre
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226 pages, Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. 114 tables, 105 figures. With additional material online (Anexos)
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This work broadens the current interpretative framework about communities living in the North- East of the Iberian Peninsula around the turn of the fifth and fourth millennia BC. The empirical foundation of this research is the analysis of polished and bevelled stone artefacts, found both in funerary and domestic contexts. The new data provides fresh insight into the technical choices and the productive processes in which the tools were employed by the Neolithic groups. The results of this enquiry, together with the data concerning the age and sexual determination of the buried individuals as well as the artefact distribution across the graves, constitutes an unprecedented opportunity to understand and explain the archaeological record variability in terms of gender and other social hierarchies.

Alba Masclans Latorre was awarded a PhD in 2017, specialising in stone tools use-wear analysis. Her postdoctoral research is focused on funerary practices and gender studies of Central European Early farming communities and western Mediterranean Neolithic groups.

‘La contribución es importante y significativa.’ Dr Javier Mangado Llach, Universitat de Barcelona

Table of Contents (S2972_9781407317007_ToC.pdf, 128 Kb) [Download]

Introduction (S2972_Masclans_9781407317007_Introduction.pdf, 218 Kb) [Download]