Local Availability and Long-range Trade: the Worked Stone Assemblage

Batey, Colleen E. and Forster, Amanda K. and Jones, Richard E. and Gaunt, Geoff and Breckenridge, Fiona J. and Bunbury, Judith and Barrett, James H. (2012) Local Availability and Long-range Trade: the Worked Stone Assemblage. In: Being an Islander: Production and Identity at Quoygrew, Orkney, AD 900-1600. McDonald Institute monograph, 358 . McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, pp. 207-228. ISBN 9781902937618

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On a site without waterlogged deposits in an archi- pelago without forests it is not surprising that worked stone was a significant component of the recovered portable material culture. Five-hundred objects of stone are summarized in the following chapter and itemized in Appendix 12.1. Nevertheless, it is remark- able that a high proportion of this material is demon- strably or probably imported. The steatite (soapstone) has come from Shetland and Norway, mostly in the form of vessels (the broken fragments of which were sometimes recycled as other objects). The Eidsborg schist came from Norway, in the form of hones for sharpening blades. Schist of Norwegian origin was also imported as bake stones of the kind traditionally used for making unleavened bread. Mica schist hand querns for grinding grain were also of non-local origin. They could have come from Norway, Shetland, the Scottish Highlands or the Western Isles.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2012AREP; IA63;
Subjects: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
99 - Other
Divisions: 99 - Other
Volume: 358
Page Range: pp. 207-228
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2012 00:29
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2013 17:33
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/2430

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