Manufacturing and use of the stone vessels from PPN Shillourokambos in the context of Cypriot and Near Eastern PPN stone vessel production

Abstract : This article provides a description of the stone vessels recovered from the Shillourokambos site. Excavated under the direction of J. Guilaine between 1992 and 2004, this site provides us with an extensive archaeological sequence and a diversity of settlement types. Stone vessels result from the exploitation of stone sources, and were used for food preparation and consumption, as well as for the processing of non-food matter. In Cyprus, this craft remained important for centuries, as pottery technology was adopted relatively late by the inhabitants of the island: during the 5th millennium, although it was developed in the Near East as early as the 7th millennium BC. By using Shillourokambos’ comprehensive stone vessel data assemblage, this article is able to shed new light on these artefacts: providing a description based on their context, their stages of operational sequence related to shaping, and their morphological and functional range. It has also established a diachronic analysis of their production with the aim of identifying the main evolutionary dynamics recognised at Shillourokambos between the end of the 9th and 8th millennium. Lastly, it puts these observations into perspective by providing a comprehensive overview of Cypriot and Near Eastern PPN stone vessel production.
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Claire Manen. Manufacturing and use of the stone vessels from PPN Shillourokambos in the context of Cypriot and Near Eastern PPN stone vessel production. Nouvelles données sur les débuts du Néolithique à Chypre, Mar 2015, Paris, France. pp.167-182. ⟨hal-01910748⟩

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