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    DescriptionOriginally published in 1986, the aim of this important study was to develop methods for reconstructing the processes of prehistoric exchange. Previous archaeological work had concentrated on mapping obsidian finds relative to source areas using trace-element analysis and on investigating the effect of trade on particular cultural groups. Dr Torrence, in contrast, drew extensively on ethnographic analogy to develop an approach that uses differences in the level of efficiency for the acquisition of raw materials and the production of goods to infer the type of exchange. Regional patterns of tool manufacture, specialist craft production at central places and quarrying are analysed in detail in the context of the prehistoric Aegean and previous ideas about the importance of trade in the growth of civilisations are re-assessed. The methodology developed will be applicable to a wide range of artefact types and the book will therefore be of value to archaeologists working in many different places and periods.


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    Title
    Production and Exchange of Stone Tools
    Subtitle
    Prehistoric Obsidian in the Aegean
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robin Torrence
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 170 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521105071
    ISBN 10: 0521105072
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3B
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC classification: CC
    DC22: 930.1028
    BIC subject category V2: 3B
    Thema V1.0: NH
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    19 March 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Table of contents
    1. Complementary views of exchange: acquisition, production and consumption; 2. Past and present perspectives; 3. Designing an instrument for measuring exchange; 4. A test case: Aegean obsidian exchange; 5. Regional analyses based on production; 6. Workshops, craft specialists and commercial production; 7. Acquisition and production at raw material sources; 8. Cautionary tales.