Scandinavian Flint: An Archaeological Perspective

Overview

In Scandinavia as elsewhere, cryptocrystalline rocks such as flint were an integral part of peoples' lives during prehistory. Knowledge about flint, its properties, its uses, and its many names, was no doubt transmitted through the generations as part of everyday life. This book - written from an archaeological standpoint - is interested in how prehistoric people dealt with flint and what they might have seen as the strengths and weaknesses of the various kinds of flint available. Scandinavian Flint proposes a ...

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Overview

In Scandinavia as elsewhere, cryptocrystalline rocks such as flint were an integral part of peoples' lives during prehistory. Knowledge about flint, its properties, its uses, and its many names, was no doubt transmitted through the generations as part of everyday life. This book - written from an archaeological standpoint - is interested in how prehistoric people dealt with flint and what they might have seen as the strengths and weaknesses of the various kinds of flint available. Scandinavian Flint proposes a classification into 17 types for use by archaeologists. Flint types are described and evaluated in terms of knappability, limitations posed by nodule size, and prehistoric availability, rather than in terms of morphogenesis or chemical composition. Flint formation, geographic distribution of flint sources in Scandinavia, provenance studies, and patination are discussed in detail.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788779342781
  • Publisher: Aarhus University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction and aims 9

Flint in general and Scandinavian flint in particular 25

Flint in southern Scandinavia, locations and geology 28

Prehistoric flint mining and flint extraction 51

Availability 54

Provenience studies 63

Optical methods 63

Chemical characterization 64

Weathering and patination 67

Notes 70

Scandinavian flint 71

Previous classification systems and terminology used for Scandinavian flint 71

Explanation of the flint registration terminology 74

Kristianstad Flint 78

Results and new observations 149

Bibliography 151

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