ArchAtlas Journal - Tell Basta Archaeological Atlas Project: all essays referring to Tell Basta 2017-12-17T10:12:08+00:00 ArchAtlas archatlas@sheffield.ac.uk http://www.archatlas.org/favicon.png http://www.archatlas.org/logo.jpg tag:archatlas.org,2010:http://www.archatlas.org/feeds/journal-bysite-atom.php?s=131 Obsidian Trade in the Near East, 14,000 to 6500 BCtag:archatlas.org,2010:http://www.archatlas.org/ObsidianRoutes/ObsidianRoutes.php2004-11-30T00:00:00+00:00Andrew Sherratt
Obsidian, a black volcanic glass, was first recognized by Colin Renfrew and his colleagues J.E. Dixon and J.R. Cann in the 1960s as a uniquely sensitive indicator of prehistoric trade, both because of the great desirability of this material before the use of metals, and also because the trace-elements it contains are usually diagnostic of individual sources. Based on data extracted from M.-C. Cauvin et al., L'obsidienne au Proche et Moyen Orient: du volcan à l'outil (Oxford: BAR Int. Ser. 738), maps indicate the flows of material from two major source-areas.