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Flint quarrying in north-eastern Iberia: quarry sites and the initial transformation of raw material

  • Xavier Terradas (a1) and David Ortega (a1)
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Prehistoric communities carried out quarrying activities to obtain raw materials for tool production. These were produced either directly for immediate or later use by the same groups who quarried the stone, or indirectly by distributing the raw material or partially or completely manufactured products to third parties. All these procedures could be performed within a temporal and spatial sequence of variable extent, giving rise to archaeological evidence of very different types (Nelson 1991; Ingold 2012).

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