The character and use of the Soros Hill Obsidian source, Antiparos (Greece)

Tristan CARTER & Daniel A. CONTRERAS

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 11 (8) - Pages 595-602

Published on 31 December 2012

This article details the geological and elemental character of the obsidian from the Soros Hill source on the Cycladic island of Antiparos, Greece. EDXRF was used to analyse 40 geological geo-referenced samples. The products are clearly chemically discriminated from those of the other Aegean sources, and those from the Carpathians and central Anatolia. While the obsidian is of excellent tool-making quality, the small size of its nodules seems to have made it a less attractive raw material, attested at only a handful of prehistoric sites in the central Cyclades.


Obsidian, Characterisation, Antiparos, Aegean, EDXRF

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