Ivory technology: tools, techniques and production modes in the Iberian Copper Age. Valencina de la Concepción (Seville) as a case study

The use of ivory in the Mediterranean dates back to the Paleolithic, and it had a significant impact during the Copper Age in southern Europe.

This article examines the ways in which elephant tusks were used and the process of producing ivory objects during the Copper Age in the Iberian Peninsula. Valencina’s mega-site in southern Spain is used as a study sample because of its abundant and diverse collection of ivories. The technology, morphology and contextual dimensions of Copper Age ivory are examined in detail in this study.


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