Obsidian trade in the Neolithic evolutionary process
Long-distance exchange at the beginning of the Neolithic in the Near East reflects emergent social networks allowing interactions between distant human communities. The obsidian trade represents an important part of this prehistoric social and cultural process. The EU-funded OBSTRADE project will investigate the role of the obsidian exchange networks in the transmission and spread of innovations during the transition to farming. The project will apply two pioneering methods performing high-precision surface texture analysis through confocal Scanning Microscopy and metrology software, and complex systems theory and modelling. OBSTRADE will establish an open-access database containing all obsidian-related data. Project results will be made available to the public through the creation of a graphic novel, and through several outreach activities.
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