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This publication deals a entire creation to the archaeology of Mediterranean prehistory and a vital connection with the newest study and fieldwork.

• in basic terms e-book on hand to provide normal insurance of Mediterranean prehistory
• Written by way of 14 of the prime archaeologists within the field
• Spans the Neolithic in the course of the Iron Age, and attracts from the entire significant areas of the Mediterranean's coast and islands
• offers the valuable debates in Mediterranean prehistory---trade and interplay, rural economies, ritual, social constitution, gender, monumentality, insularity, archaeometallurgy and the metals exchange, stone applied sciences, cost, and maritime traffic---as good as modern legacies of the region's prehistoric past
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• Engages varied theoretical ways so scholars will see some great benefits of multivocality

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Helen Farr Introduction “Trade” is an archaeological category, not an ethnographic one. It is a convenient rubric we use to discuss things moving between people, places, and groups in the past. The social mechanisms through which things circulated, however, probably rarely corresponded to our modern concept of “trade” as a disembedded, free exchange of goods. Every society, including our own, has many social mechanisms for circulating goods, ranging from avowedly utilitarian exchange to gifts and obligatory social presentations to marriage payments, compensation payments, inheritance, ritual transfers, and even disposal, scavenging, and recycling.

Archaeology as a discipline needs to respond positively 16 A. BERNARD KNAPP AND EMMA BLAKE and responsibly to the social and political institutions, and to the diverse public – from tourists to enthusiastic amateurs to wary taxpayers – who support archaeology and provide its relevance as well as its justification. The past is no longer the exclusive domain of institutionally situated historians and archaeologists and, as already noted, some concerned Mediterranean archaeologists (Cherry 2003: 156–158; Renfrew 2003: 312) now regard its material heritage as increasingly threatened.

Varied stones were also used for ornaments, including marble (Barfield 1981; Herz 1992), steatite, and various small colored stones. Serpentine bracelets circulated between Sardinia and Corsica (Lewthwaite 1983). The Iberian Neolithic is particularly rich in personal ornaments of all kinds, and finds of stone beads and bracelets are common (López 1988). A very extensive complex of shaft and tunnel mines was created to extract variscite, a greenish stone used exclusively for ornaments from the source at Can Tintoré in Gavá, just outside SUBSTANCES IN MOTION: NEOLITHIC MEDITERRANEAN “TRADE” 31 Barcelona (Alonso et al.

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