Selection of pieces

ALABARDA EN SÍLEX

FLINT BLADE

Grey silex. 

Length: 14.5 cm. Width: 4.8 cm. Thickness: 1.4 cm.

Late prehistory. Around 2000 B.C.

 

Origin

Torre Melgarejo. Jerez de la Frontera. Cádiz.

 

Description

Blade with slightly convex sides. The base has two well-shaped lateral notches for attachment to the handle. The support was a large silex plate, highly-altered by the retouches. It was discovered as part of the funeral vestments of a collective burial site, in a silo or artificial cave. These funeral structures were very common during the Chatholithic period in Lower Andalusia. The item's excellent quality and the fact that there are no signs of use or erosion suggests that it was not used for everyday activities, but had a ritualistic or more presitigious use.

 

Bibliography

- González Rodríguez, R. y Ramos Muñoz, J. (1990): “Torre Melgarejo, un sepulcro de inhumación colectiva  en los Llanos de Caulina (Jerez, Cádiz)”.  Anuario Arqueológico de Andalucía. 1988. T.III pp. 84-98

 

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