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Ivory Craftsmanship, Trade and Social Significance in the Southern Iberian Copper Age: The Evidence from the PP4-Montelirio Sector

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)

Autores: Leonardo García Sanjuán, Miriam Luciañez Triviño, Thomas X. Schuhmacher, David W. Wheatley & Arun Banerjee

European Journal of Archaeology
2013, 1–26
DOI 10.1179/1461957113Y.0000000037

Resumen: 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 This article contributes to this line of research by providing new, unpublished evidence and by examining the significance of ivory craftsmanship in commercial, social and ideological terms.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.

Palabras clave: Copper Age, Iberia, burial practices, ivory, craft specialization, trade, social complexity, radiocarbon dating, optical microscopy, Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR)-spectroscopy, elemental analysis, isotopic ratio mass spectrometry


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