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Tuesday, March 27 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Poster - 3D Macrowear Analysis of Sculpture techniques in the Manufacture of the Neolithic Stelae with Horns of the Serra de Mas Bonet (Vilafant, Catalonia)

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The construction of a large railway infrastructure in 2008 led to the discovery of a prehistoric settlement in the Serra de Mas Bonet, in the Catalan region of Alt Empordà. During the fieldworks numerous negative structures of various functions and types (cabins, lodge funds, silos, pits, among others) were documented, as well as a broad diachrony ranging from the 5th to the 2nd millennium cal BC. The best represented occupation phase is the late Neolithic (late 4th millennium cal BC), characterized by different negative structures, as well as a good preservation of its deposits. The most unique and unparalleled known finds of such deposits are a set of stelae with carved horns on blocks of sandstone. Our proposal is based both on formal analysis and three-dimensional study performed with a 3D structured light scanner of one of the stelae and experimental replicas, which have permitted to analyse, to describe and to compare the different types of macro traces. At the end of this experimental project, we aim to understand the technical process used by the craftsman and associate the observed macro traces with different gestures, carving techniques and used tools.

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Vera Moitinho de Almeida

Postdoc Researcher, STARC-CyI; LAQU-UAB
Vera Moitinho de Almeida is a post-doctoral fellow at STARC-CyI and is affiliated to LAQU-UAB. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), focusing on technological and functional analysis of archaeological objects, using 3D models and Reverse Engineering... Read More →

Tuesday March 27, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm BST
Building 65, South Corridor