Lithics Interest Group: Otis Crandell

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Date(s) - 10/03/2016
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

AP 140


LIG Otis C Talk - March 10.16 posterThursday, March 10, 2016

Dr. Otis Crandell (BabeĊŸ-Bolyai University)
A study of Neolithic and Chalcolithic trade patterns in the Carpathians based on lithics analysis
Lithics Interest Group Meeting, 3:00pm, AP 140.

This presentation takes a look a recent study of materials acquisition and trade during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic through an analysis of lithic artefacts and raw materials.

Although knappable materials are common throughout the Carpathian Mountains and easily accessible from the adjacent lowlands, during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic the majority of knapped artefacts were made from three high quality materials originating at the edges of the study area – sometimes being over 200 km away and across mountain ranges. Furthermore, people were very often importing these materials from outside of their own cultural territory.

We will take a look at some of the materials and methods used in this study as well as results and observations on the development of intercultural and intracultural trade patterns. We will finish with some conclusions and inferences about the cultural views of these people regarding prestige items and possible consumerism.