Sheridan, J A ORCID:, Pétrequin, Pierre, Pétrequin, A-M, Cassen, S, Errera, M, Gauthier, Estelle and Prodéo, Frédéric (2019) Fifty shades of green: the irresistible attraction, use and significance of jadeitite and other green Alpine rock types in Neolithic Europe. In: A taste for green: a global perspective on ancient jade, turquoise and variscite exchange. Oxbow, Oxford, pp. 97-120. ISBN 9781789252743

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This chapter summarizes the results of two major international projects JADE and JADE 2. These examined the exploitation, circulation, use and significance of artefacts made from jadeite and other green rocks from the Western Alps in Neolithic Europe. The most-widely travelled of all the prehistoric materials, these Alpine jades seem to have been accorded special significance by many and diverse communities, particularly in Western Europe. This "Europe of jade" contrasts, however, with the "Europe of copper" in eastern and southeast Europe, where copper (along with gold) was the main material of choice in terms of socially-valued substances, while objects of Alpine jade are scarce.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Q Science > QE Geology
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scottish History and Archaeology (from 2012)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 15:30
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2020 15:30

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