Excavations undertaken at the fortified Chalcolithic settlement of Outeiro Redondo between 2005 and 2016 produced an assemblage of eight stone implements likely used in the plastic deformation of metals. All implements come from clearly defined contexts of the Middle / Late Chalcolithic, within a sector of the site that has also produced copious other evidence for metallurgical activities. Drawing on archaeological and ethnographic comparisons, we discuss the choice of raw material and the morphology of these implements in terms of their manufacture, as well as their role in the operational sequence of Chalcolithic metalwork production. We also consider their potential to inform inferences concerning the social division of labour in Chalcolithic society.
|Journal||Estudos Arqueológicos de Oeiras|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Oct 2018|
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