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The production and use of archery-related items as reflects of social changes during the Late Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age in Europe.

Nicolas, C., 2019. The production and use of archery-related items as reflects of social changes during the Late Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age in Europe. In: Habitus, the social dimension of technology and transformation, 18-19 June 2018, Kiel University, 115 - 139.

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Abstract

Dates ranging from 2500 to 1700 BCE are a period of major social and economic change in western and central Europe, with the spreading of the Bell Beaker Culture and the introduction or the development of metalworking (copper then bronze). At that time, archery-related items became peculiarly significant for the Bell Beaker and some Early Bronze Age communities. They include especially specific types of arrowheads and an original item, the stone bracer, thought to have adorned organic wristguards. Technological studies point to the objects that were more or less easily made during the Bell Beaker period, suggesting that each warrior was able to shape his own set, while during the Early Bronze Age, the level of know-how as well the context of production suggests that these items were manufactured by craftsmen for the elite. Use-wear analysis shows that these objects might be commonly worn. During the Bell Beaker period, part of the arrowhead and, to a lesser extent, some bracers were used for shooting. However, in some regions during the Early Bronze Age, these objects were intended for display only. These two types of production and uses of archery-related items illustrate a shift from the object-signs of the Bell Beaker warriors towards items alienated from their primary function or sacred objects of the Early Bronze Age elites. Finally, the wide distribution of Bell Beaker arrowheads and bracers allow considering the relevance of the circulation of ideas, objects and individuals in adopting a European fashion.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Bell Beaker, Early Bronze Age, Europe, flint arrowheads, stone bracers, technology, use-wear analysis
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:33583
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:04 Mar 2020 12:56
Last Modified:04 Mar 2020 12:56

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