Bone, Antler, Ivory and Horn: The Technology of Skeletal Materials Since the Roman Period, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Bone, Antler, Ivory and Horn

The Technology of Skeletal Materials Since the Roman Period, 1st Edition

By Arthur MacGregor


258 pages

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Artefacts made from skeletal materials since the Roman period were, before this book, neglected as a serious area of study. This is a comprehensive account which reviews over fifty categories of artefact. The book starts with a consideration of the formation, morphology and mechanical properties of the materials and illuminates characteristics concerning working with them. Following chapters discuss the organisation of the industry and trade in such items, including the changing status of the industry over time. Archaeological evidence is combined with that from historical and ethnological sources, with many illustrations providing key visual reference. Originally published in 1985.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Raw Materials 2. Bone and Antler as Materials 3. Availability 4. Handicraft or Industry 5. Working Methods and Tools 6. Artefacts of Skeletal Materials: A Typological Review

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Archaeology

Reissuing works originally published between 1930 and 1996, this set presents a rich selection of renowned and lesser-known scholarship across the subject. Classic previously out-of-print works are brought back into print here in this set of research, guidance and surveys. It includes works of theory and of practical research, ranging over a wide range of themes from archaeology and place-names to industrial archaeology to the rock art of Africa.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology