The earliest transverse grooved stones of Eurasia: Near Eastern distribution, types and chronology

  • Irina Usacheva Russian Academy of Sciences

Abstract


Transverse grooved stones (non-abrasive “grooved stones”) make their appearance at Epipalaeolithic sites in south-western Asia from where they spread to northern Africa, southern Europe and northern Eurasia. The extent of the spread of these artefacts, in the hundreds, explains the interest of the timeframe, provenance and cultural context of this artefact. This study pays attention also to their petrography, decoration and morphology that together appear to designate three areas of concentration in the Near East: the Levant, Zagros, Central Anatolia and Upper Mesopotamia.

Author Biography

Irina Usacheva, Russian Academy of Sciences

Institute of the Problems of Northern Development, Siberian Branch
Russian Academy of Sciences
Malygina 86
Tyumen, 625003
Russia

Published
01-Aug-2019
How to Cite
Usacheva, I. (2019). The earliest transverse grooved stones of Eurasia: Near Eastern distribution, types and chronology. Journal of Lithic Studies, (in press). Retrieved from http://journals.ed.ac.uk/lithicstudies/article/view/3094
Section
Articles from the 2nd Meeting of the Association for Ground Stone Tools Research