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Spondylus in Prehistory: New Data and Approaches – Contributions to the Archaeology of Shell Technologies (2011) edited by Fotis Ifantidis and Marianna Nikolaidou. Oxford: Archaeopress [British Archaeological Reports, International Series 2216] xiv+237 pages; 125 figures; 16 tables

Available from Archaeopress and Hadrian Books

This volume offers a broad and up-to-date discussion of the Spondylus “phenomenon” in prehistory, in diverse archaeological contexts from Europe and two areas of the New World. It brings together new archaeological data, methodological advances, and current interpretations for the study of this important material. Further understanding comes from consideration of other shell technologies, ancient and traditional.


A Volume on Spondylus
Marianna Nikolaidou & Fotis Ifantidis, pp. 3-8

I – Spanning Space and Time in Spondylus Studies: Artifacts, Symbols, Identities

CHAPTER 1 Spondylus Shells at Prehistoric Sites in the Iberian Peninsula
Esteban Álvarez-Fernández, pp. 13-18

CHAPTER 2 Spondylus sp. at Lezetxiki Cave (Basque Country, Spain): First Evidence of its Use in Symbolic Behavior during the Aurignacian in Europe
Álvaro Arrizabalaga, Esteban Álvarez-Fernández & María-José Iriarte, pp. 19-24

CHAPTER 3 Spondylus gaederopus in Prehistoric Italy: Jewels from Neolithic and Copper Age Sites
Maria Angelica Borrello & Roberto Micheli, pp. 25-37

CHAPTER 4 Status of Spondylus Artifacts within the LBK Grave Goods
Jan John, pp. 39-45

CHAPTER 5 Reconsideration of Spondylus Usage in the Middle and Late Neolithic of the Carpathian Basin
Zsuzsanna Siklósi & Piroska Csengeri, pp. 47-62

CHAPTER 6 Spondylus in South American Prehistory
Benjamin P. Carter, pp. 63-89

II – Views from the “Threshold”: Spondylus Technologies in the Aegean

CHAPTER 7 Spondylus gaederopus in Aegean Prehistory: Deciphering Shapes from Northern Greece
Tatiana Theodoropoulou, pp. 93-104

CHAPTER 8 The Neolithic Settlement at Makriyalos, Northern Greece: Evidence from the Spondylus gaederopus Artifacts
Maria Pappa & Rena Veropoulidou, pp. 105-121

CHAPTER 9 Cosmos in Fragments: Spondylus and Glycymeris Adornment at Neolithic Dispilio, Greece
Fotis Ifantidis, pp. 123-137

CHAPTER 10 Personhood and the Life Cycle of Spondylus rings: An Example from Late Neolithic, Greece
John C. Chapman, Bisserka I. Gaydarska, Evangelia Skafida & Stella Souvatzi, pp. 139-160

CHAPTER 11 Spondylus Objects from Theopetra Cave, Greece: Imported of Local Production?
Nina Kyparissi-Apostolika, pp. 161-167

III – Reconstructing Lives: Archaeometric and Experimental Analyses

CHAPTER 12 The Contribution of Archaeometry to the Study of Prehistoric Marine Shells
Katerina Douka, pp. 171-180

CHAPTER 13 Paleobiological Study of Spondylus Jewelry found in Neolithic (LPC) Graves at the Locality Vedrovice (Moravia, Czech Republic)
Šárka Hladilová, pp. 181-189

CHAPTER 14 Spondylus gaederopus Tools and Meals in Central Greece from the 3rd to the Early 1st Millennium BCE
Rena Veropoulidou, pp. 191-208

CHAPTER 15 Pre-Hispanic Attire made of Spondylus from Tula, Mexico
Adrián Velázquez Castro, Belem Zúñiga Arellano & Valentín Maldonado, pp. 209-219

Concluding Commentary
Lives and Journeys, of Spondylus and People: A Story to Conclude
Marianna Nikolaidou, pp. 223-237


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