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Amber, beads and social interaction in the Late Prehistory of the Iberian Peninsula: an update



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Odriozola, Carlos P. and Sousa, Ana C. and Mataloto, Rui and Boaventura, Rui and Andrade, Marco and Villalobos García, Rodrigo and Garrido Cordero, José Ángel and Rodríguez, Eugenio and Martínez Blanes, José María and Avilés, Miguel Ángel and Daura, Joan and Sanz, Montserrat and Riquelme, José Antonio (2019) Amber, beads and social interaction in the Late Prehistory of the Iberian Peninsula: an update. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 11 (2). pp. 567-595. ISSN 1866-9557, ESSN: 1866-9565

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Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12520-017-0549-7


The identification of archaeological amber has been used in Iberian prehistory to evidence long-distance exchanges and engage Iberia in networks that connect western Europe with central and northern Europe, the emergence of social complexity, and the consolidation of trade networks. However, until now, no comprehensive analytical study of the Iberian amber has been produced to support any of the interpretive models currently in use. This paper approaches the analysis of Iberian Peninsula amber artefacts by considering their provenance (based on FTIR characterization), chronology, and spatial relationship with other exotica. Our work increases the number of analyzed artefacts to 156 (24%), out of the c. 647 currently known for the Iberian Peninsula. Based on these new data and a review of Murillo-Barroso and Martinón-Torres (2012), this overview outlines amber consumption patterns from the 6th to 2nd millennia BCE and demonstrates long-distance amber exchange connecting Iberia with the Mediterranean region from the Neolithic period onwards.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Amber, FTIR, Iberia, Provenance, Prehistory
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Mineralogy
Sciences > Geology > Paleontology
Humanities > History > Archaeology
ID Code:55121
Deposited On:26 Apr 2019 17:19
Last Modified:29 Apr 2019 07:59

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