She Drills Seashells on the Seashore: An Experimental Study of the Manufacture Methods of Perforating Whole Shell Beads (Text)

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She Drills Seashells on the Seashore: An Experimental Study of the Manufacture Methods of Perforating Whole Shell Beads (Text)

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This paper competed for the 2006 Junior Researcher Open Zooarchaeology Prize.

Abstract: Development of body ornamentation, including pierced shells, was seen as one of the significant innovations of the Upper Palaeolithic. A number of European Palaeolithic sites, provide evidence for whole shell beads used as body ornamentation. An experimental research project was undertaken to analyse the relative effectiveness, of different manufacture techniques for whole shell bead perforation, using simple technologies that would have been available at the time. The marks of manufacture on these shells were subsequently analysed to ascertain as to whether they left distinctive marks specific to the applied technologies.

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Kirsty Murphy Avery

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Kirsty Murphy Avery . "She Drills Seashells on the Seashore: An Experimental Study of the Manufacture Methods of Perforating Whole Shell Beads (Text)," in BoneCommons, Item #451, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/451 (accessed December 13, 2019).

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