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Bone production in the Bronze Age in the central-eastern territory of the Argar

Bone production in the Bronze Age in the central-eastern territory of the Argar

Argaric is one of the most and best studied Bronze Age societies in the Iberian Peninsula. The richness of the Argaric social elites grave goods, the high development of its metallurgical productions, or the quality of its ceramic productions stand out. However, there is a relevant part of the archaeological record that, not being less important, has remained for years in a discreet background, partly hidden by the relevance of other more outstanding materials.

In this paper we will present the preliminary results of several studies on bone, antler and ivory artifacts from some sites investigated in the last decade, contextualizing them in the general framework of bone production in the central-eastern territory of the Argar.

The data point to a production highly oriented to the domestic sphere, which employs a wide variety of osseous supports, but restricted to the manufacture of bone artifacts and deer antlers. Ivory production, on the other hand, points to a much more restricted sphere in terms of both the spaces and means of work and the consumption of the final products.