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Title: Navigating the Neolithic : the circulation of obsidian and maritime travel in the central Mediterranean
Author: Farr, R. H.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2007
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This research takes one prime example of Neolithic exchange, that of obsidian, and explores the journeys behind these arrows. In so doing, this work explores obsidian reduction and circulation alongside travel and seafaring in the central Mediterranean Neolithic. This combined exploration of Neolithic activities from a social perspective opens a window onto the dynamic, interwoven activities which constructed the rich tapestry of daily Neolithic life. These inter-linking relations between daily activities are shown to begin to move use beyond simple technological, economical or ritual interpretations of the Neolithic. This research investigates the social process behind travel, exchange, obsidian reduction and seafaring and in so doing helps us to understand more about Neolithic sociality, including social organisation, skill and knowledge. Through consideration of these social aspects within obsidian reduction and circulation, seafaring and travel within dynamic landscapes it is possible to gain an understanding of how concepts of temporality and space were generated through daily activities. In the process of this research, lithic analysis indicated that generally held beliefs about the circulation of obsidian were unfounded. Equally, it became clear that the value and use of obsidian across the region differed locally. The data supported a picture of locally distinct communities undertaking activities in locally distinct manners yet within an overarching regional framework.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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