Interpreting the Axe Trade

These different analytical threads are then woven together in the final section of the book, where the authors suggest that the patterns explored in the course of their work reflect major changes in the nature of social life during the ...

Author: Richard Bradley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521619370

Category: Social Science

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Interpreting the Axe Trade documents the changing character and context of stone axe production and exchange in the British Neolithic. Drawing on a variety of studies, the authors explore some of the problems and potentials that attend archaeological discussions of exchange at both a theoretical and a methodological level. Out of this critique arises an argument for an integrated approach to the production, circulation and consumption of past material - an approach which acknowledges the subtle and complex roles that 'things' may play in the reproduction of social life. These arguments provide the basis for a case study which explores the links between the social contexts within which Neolithic stone axes circulated in Britain, and the social and material conditions under which those objects were originally produced. Field survey, excavation and detailed technological studies at the largest stone axe source in Britain are set alongside analyses of the changing character and social context of axe circulation and deposition across the country as a whole. These different analytical threads are then woven together in the final section of the book, where the authors suggest that the patterns explored in the course of their work reflect major changes in the nature of social life during the Neolithic.

New Light on the Neolithic of Northern England

Long-standing interpretations of the Cumbrian Neolithic derive from interpreting
the axe trade, and correlations between the distribution of stone circles and stone
axes with the valleys radiating from the central fells where axes were produced ...

Author: Gill Hey

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1789252695

Category: History

Page: 192

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These papers highlight recent archaeological work in Northern England, in the commercial, academic and community archaeology sectors, which have fundamentally changed our perspective on the Neolithic of the area. Much of this was new work (and much is still not published) has been overlooked in the national discourse. The papers cover a wide geographical area, from Lancashire north into the Scottish Lowlands, recognising the irrelevance of the England/Scotland Border. They also take abroad chronological sweep, from the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition to the introduction of Beakers into the area. The key themes are: the nature of transition; the need for a much-improved chronological framework; regional variation linked to landscape character; links within northern England and with distant places; the implications of new dating for our understanding ‘the axe trade; the changing nature of settlement and agriculture; the character early Neolithic enclosures; the need to integrate rock art into wider discourse.

The Neolithic of the Irish Sea

Interpreting the axe trade: production and exchange in Neolithic Britain.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Campbell, S.F. 1983a. Kula in Vakuta:
the mechanics of keda. In J.W. Leach and E. Leach (eds), The Kula: new
perspectives on ...

Author: Vicki Cummings

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1842171097

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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This collection of 24 papers aims to reconsider the nature and significance of the Irish Sea as an area of cultural interaction during the Neolithic period. The traditional character of work across this region has emphasised the existence of prehistoric contact, with sea routes criss-crossing between Ireland, the Isle of Man, Anglesey and the British mainland. A parallel course of investigation, however, has demonstrated that the British and Irish Neolithics were in many ways different, with distinct indigenous patterns of activity and social practices. The recent emphasis on regional studies has further produced evidence for parallel yet different processes of cultural change taking place throughout the British Isles as a whole. This volume brings together some of these regional perspectives and compares them across the Irish Sea area. The authors consider new ways to explain regional patterning in the use of material objects and relate them to past practices and social strategies. Were there practices that were shared across the Irish Sea area linking different styles of monuments and material culture, or were the media intrinsic to the message? The volume is based on papers presented at a conference held at the University of Manchester in 2002.

The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe

Neolithic stone and flint axes from the River Thames. London: ... The centre
cannot hold: trade networks and sacred geography in the Papua New Guinea
Highlands. ... Interpreting the axe trade: production and exchange in Neolithic
Britain.

Author: Chris Fowler

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191666882

Category: Social Science

Page: 856

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The Neolithic —a period in which the first sedentary agrarian communities were established across much of Europe—has been a key topic of archaeological research for over a century. However, the variety of evidence across Europe, the range of languages in which research is carried out, and the way research traditions in different countries have developed makes it very difficult for both students and specialists to gain an overview of continent-wide trends. The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe provides the first comprehensive, geographically extensive, thematic overview of the European Neolithic —from Iberia to Russia and from Norway to Malta —offering both a general introduction and a clear exploration of key issues and current debates surrounding evidence and interpretation. Chapters written by leading experts in the field examine topics such as the movement of plants, animals, ideas, and people (including recent trends in the application of genetics and isotope analyses); cultural change (from the first appearance of farming to the first metal artefacts); domestic architecture; subsistence; material culture; monuments; and burial and other treatments of the dead. In doing so, the volume also considers the history of research and sets out agendas and themes for future work in the field.

Rock Art Ritual

The Cumbriangreenstone axes wereshaped and finished to become objects of
great beauty, farbeyond what ... Intheir book Interpreting the Axe Trade, Richard
Bradley and Mark Edmonds make the following observation based on intensive ...

Author: Brian A. Smith

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445623986

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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'A stimulating book, which is more ambitious in its interpretations than many recent rock art publications.' Antiquity magazine, praise for Volume One.

Trade and Exchange in Prehistoric Europe

Interpreting the Axe Trade . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press Briggs , S . ,
1976 . Notes on the distribution of some raw materials in later prehistoric Britain ,
in Settlement and Economy in the Third and Second Millennia B . C . , eds .

Author: Christopher Scarre

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 255

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The papers presented at the April 1992 'Trade and Exchange' conference at the University of Bristol are now available in this volume. Contents include: Trade beyond the material (C. Renfrew); Exchange, foraging and local Hominid networks (C. Gamble); Neolithic quarries, the exchange of axes and social control in the southern Vosges (P. Petrequin, F. Jeudy and C. Jeunesse); Trade in Neolithic jadeite axes from the Alps (M. R. Bouard); The polished stone axe in earlier Neolithic Britain (M. Edmonds); Megalithic tombs and Megalithic art in Atlantic Europe (E. S. Twohig); The exchange of obsidian at Neolithic sites in Italy (A. J. Ammerman and C. Polglase); The origin of metal used for making weapons in Early and Middle Minoan Crete (Z. Stos-Gale); The circulation of amber in Prehistoric Europe (C. du Gardin); Europe and the Mediterranean in the Bronze Age (A. Harding); Displacement and Exchange in Archaeological Methodology (S. Needham); East-West Relations in the Paris Basin During the Late Bronze Age (P. Brun); Relations Between Brittany and Great Britain during the Bronze Age (J. Briard); Feasting in the Late Bronze Age (J. G. de Soto); Prehistoric Seafaring in the Channel (S. McGrail); Cheshire Cats, Mickey Mice, the New Europe and Ancient Celtic Art (J. V. S. Megaw and M. R. Megaw); Germans, Celts and Romans in the Late (pre-Roman) Iron Age (A. P. Fitzpatrick); Dependence and idependence in European Prehistory (A. Sherratt).

The Archaeology of Islands

Bradley, R. and Edmonds, M. 1993 Interpreting the Axe Trade: Production and
exchange in Neolithic Britain. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. Branigan,
K. and Foster, P. 2002 Barra and the Bishop's Isle: Living on the margin. Tempus:
 ...

Author: Paul Rainbird

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139463942

Category: Social Science

Page:

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Archaeologists have traditionally considered islands as distinct physical and social entities. In this book, Paul Rainbird discusses the historical construction of this characterization and questions the basis for such an understanding of island archaeology. Through a series of case studies of prehistoric archaeology in the Mediterranean, Pacific, Baltic, and Atlantic seas and oceans, he argues for a decentering of the land in favor of an emphasis on the archaeology of the sea and, ultimately, a new perspective on the making of maritime communities. The archaeology of islands is thus unshackled from approaches that highlight boundedness and isolation, and replaced with a new set of principles - that boundaries are fuzzy, islanders are distinctive in their expectation of contacts with people from over the seas, and that island life can tell us much about maritime communities. Debating islands, thus, brings to the fore issues of identity and community and a concern with Western construction of other peoples.

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Interpreting the axe trade : production and exchange in Neolithic Britain . ... Early
study of the axe trade was hampered by the difficulty of making precise
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Antiquity

Interpreting the axe trade: production and exchange in Neolithic Britain. ... Early
study of the axe trade was hampered by the difficulty of making precise
identifications of the rocks employed for the axes, although in those cases where
quarries ...

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Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society

Interpreting the Axe Trade . Cambridge : University ... Stone Axe Studies :
archaeological , petrological , experimental and ethnographic . London ... The
petrological identification of stone battle - axes and axe - hammers from Scotland
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The Antiquaries Journal

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Flint and Stone Axes as Cultural Markers

Bradley , R . and Edmonds , M . 1993 Interpreting the Axe Trade . Production and
Exchange in Neolithic Britain . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Brown ,
K . M . 1985 Three caches of Guadalupe tools from South Texas . Bulletin of ...

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The Irish Stone Axe Project

References Adkins , R. and Jackson , R. 1978 Neolithic stone and flint axes from
the River Thames . Occasional ... Bradley , R.J. and Edmonds , M. 1993
Interpreting the axe trade : production and exchange in Neolithic Britain .
Cambridge ...

Author: Gabriel Cooney

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Axe Age

Flint and Stone Axes as Cultural Markers : Socio - Economic Changes as
Reflected in Holocene Flint Tool Industries of the Southern Levant . Studies in ...
Interpreting the Axe Trade : Production and Exchange in Neolithic Britain .
Cambridge ...

Author: Naama Goren-Inbar

Publisher: Routledge

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Category: Social Science

Page: 514

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"Axe Age" is dedicated to the Acheulian, a unique cultural phenomenon with the longest duration and the widest distribution in the history of humanity. The Acheulian lasted over 1 million years and is well known over three continents (Africa, Europe and Asia). This stone tool tradition is characterized by its hallmark bifacial tools, which include handaxes and cleavers. Though this prehistoric culture has been investigated extensively for over a century, countless questions have remained unanswered. Many of them are addressed in this volume. The volume, of interest to both scholars and students, presents original contributions that expand the scope of our understanding of this intriguing cultural entity. The contributions cover a vast geographic terrain and a large array of issues expressing hominin cognitive abilities and behavioral modes, such as landscape exploitation, production of bifacial tools and their classification, regional diversity, transmission of knowledge, transportation and discard patterns. Of the many authors, some are eminent scholars of worldwide reputation in Acheulian research, while others are young scholars reporting on their original research data. All of them contribute to gaining an improved understanding of the Acheulians and their culture.

The Oxford Companion to Archaeology

R. Bradley and M. Edmonds, Interpreting the Axe Trade: Production and
Exchange in Neolithic Britain (1993). Mark Edmonds PREHISTORIC OBSIDIAN
TRADE Obsidian is a natural glass found in many parts of the world in areas of
recent ...

Author: Professor of Anthropology Brian M Fagan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

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Page: 844

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Features articles written by archaeology scholars on such topics as bog bodies, underwater archaeology, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Valley of the Kings

The Early Prehistory of Scotland

Interpreting the Axe Trade : Production , and Exchange in Neolithic Britain .
Cambridge and New York : Cambridge University Press . Britnell , W . J . and
Savory , H . N . ( eds ) 1984 . Gwernvale and Penywyrlod : Two Neolithic Long
Cairns in ...

Author: A. J. Pollard

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 300

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Bringing together the latest work on the Mesolithic in Scotland and Northern England, this is a fundamental re-assessment of early prehistory from the key researchers in the area. Based firmly on archaeological evidence from recent excavations, this important book also includes work on the environmental background.

Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscapes of Cumbria

Discussion Conclusion Interpreting the Axe Trade clearly illustrates the main
problems this research has been designed to address . Wide scale academic
investigations tend to pick out particular aspects of the prehistoric record for use
as ...

Author: Helen Evans

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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A Sheffield doctoral thesis.

Archaeologia Polona

Richard Bradley and Mark Edmonds , Interpreting the axe trade : production and
exchange in Neolithic Britain . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 1993 ,
pp . xiv + 236 , 24 pls , 64 figs . Reviewed by Alan Saville Interpreting the axe ...

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Journal of Archaeological Science

Acknowledgements The work of Irish Stone Axe Project is supported by the Irish
Heritage Council . The assistance of Finola O'Carroll and Emmet Byrnes is ...
Interpreting the Axe Trade . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Clarke , G.

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Antiquity

ISAP work is proceeding with further programmes of coring to complement
surface examination of axes , allied to a detailed archaeological analysis of the
objects and their contexts . axes originated in southwest ... Interpreting the axe
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