“Atlantic versus Mediterranean”: Personal ornaments made from mollusc shells in Europe during the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic (Text)

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“Atlantic versus Mediterranean”: Personal ornaments made from mollusc shells in Europe during the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic (Text)

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

Abstract: Personal ornaments, above all made from marine molluscs, have been recovered from many Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites in Europe. The present report discusses the different categories of pendants documented at the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites. Taphonomical, technological and morphometrical analyses of shell beads and pendants associated with settlements and burials are also investigated here. The presence of these perforated objects utilized as ornaments suggests strongly interwoven social networks, facilitated by communication along river valleys between remote territories, some situated over 600 kilometers apart. Key-Words: molluscs, shell beads, prehistoric technology, Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, exchange networks.

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Esteban Álvarez-Fernández

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Esteban Álvarez-Fernández. "“Atlantic versus Mediterranean”: Personal ornaments made from mollusc shells in Europe during the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic (Text)," in BoneCommons, Item #463, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/463 (accessed August 9, 2020).

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