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ArchaeoCafé - Episode 2-17 - Questions about quartzite: An interview with Alejandro Prieto ArchaeoCafé

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In this episode we talk with Alejandro Prieto about the use of quartzite in Europe during the Palaeolithic. We also discuss topics such as the societies who inhabited the Cantabrian Region during the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic and the methods used in petroarchaeology.



Episode notes are available on the ArchaeoCafé website.
http://archaeocafe.kvasirpublishing.com/archaeocafe-podcast-ep-217-prieto





About Alejandro Prieto



Dr. Prieto is a researcher at the University of the Basque Country and the University of Salamanca. His research focuses on the Palaeolithic period in Cantabria (northern Spain) and the Rhine Valley, quarrying processes in the Palaeolithic (particularly at Troisdorf-Ravensberg, German), and the use of quartzite as a knappable material. His research is aimed at understanding past raw material acquisition, distribution and management mechanisms in the Rhine Valley and places in Cantabria. He often makes use of petrographic methods to characterise raw materials and artefacts. Alejandro is an editor of the Journal of Lithic Studies and Revista Arkeogazte.

Web:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alejandro-Prieto-4
https://ehu.academia.edu/AlejandroPrieto
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=75T1duQAAAAJ
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3853-525X





Some useful terminology and links



Middle Palaeolithic
The second subdivision of the Palaeolithic. During this period, archaic humans including Homo sapiens neanderthalensis appeared and flourished all over the world. As with many general categories of ancient history, the exact dates of the period vary by region.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_Paleolithic



Upper Palaeolithic
The third and last subdivision of the Palaeolithic - preceded by the Middle Palaeolithic and followed by the Mesolithic and Neolithic. According to some theories this period coincided with the appearance or widespread occurrence of many modern behavioural characteristics of modern humans - for example, art, burials, extensive long distance trade, composite tools.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Paleolithic



quartzite
A hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally pure quartz sandstone. Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure usually related to tectonic compression within orogenic belts.
https://www.mindat.org/min-51087.html





Selected reading and other media



Lithic raw material in the Cantabrian region: Dialectical relationship between flint and quartzite in the Palaeolithic record
by Alejandro Prieto, Alvaro Arrizabalaga, and Iñaki Yusta
Journal of Lithic Studies, 2021, Vol. 8(1), 32 p.
https://doi.org/10.2218/jls.4334



Defining and Characterizing Archaeological Quartzite: Sedimentary and Metamorphic Processes in the Lithic Assemblages of El Habario and El Arteu (Cantabrian Mountains, Northern Spain)
by Alejandro Prieto, Iñaki Yusta, Alvaro Arrizabalaga
Archaeometry, 2019, Vol. 61(1), p. 14-40.
https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12397





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In this episode we talk with Alejandro Prieto about the use of quartzite in Europe during the Palaeolithic. We also discuss topics such as the societies who inhabited the Cantabrian Region during the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic and the methods used in petroarchaeology.



Episode notes are available on the ArchaeoCafé website.
http://archaeocafe.kvasirpublishing.com/archaeocafe-podcast-ep-217-prieto





About Alejandro Prieto



Dr. Prieto is a researcher at the University of the Basque Country and the University of Salamanca. His research focuses on the Palaeolithic period in Cantabria (northern Spain) and the Rhine Valley, quarrying processes in the Palaeolithic (particularly at Troisdorf-Ravensberg, German), and the use of quartzite as a knappable material. His research is aimed at understanding past raw material acquisition, distribution and management mechanisms in the Rhine Valley and places in Cantabria. He often makes use of petrographic methods to characterise raw materials and artefacts. Alejandro is an editor of the Journal of Lithic Studies and Revista Arkeogazte.

Web:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alejandro-Prieto-4
https://ehu.academia.edu/AlejandroPrieto
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=75T1duQAAAAJ
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3853-525X





Some useful terminology and links



Middle Palaeolithic
The second subdivision of the Palaeolithic. During this period, archaic humans including Homo sapiens neanderthalensis appeared and flourished all over the world. As with many general categories of ancient history, the exact dates of the period vary by region.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_Paleolithic



Upper Palaeolithic
The third and last subdivision of the Palaeolithic - preceded by the Middle Palaeolithic and followed by the Mesolithic and Neolithic. According to some theories this period coincided with the appearance or widespread occurrence of many modern behavioural characteristics of modern humans - for example, art, burials, extensive long distance trade, composite tools.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Paleolithic



quartzite
A hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally pure quartz sandstone. Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure usually related to tectonic compression within orogenic belts.
https://www.mindat.org/min-51087.html





Selected reading and other media



Lithic raw material in the Cantabrian region: Dialectical relationship between flint and quartzite in the Palaeolithic record
by Alejandro Prieto, Alvaro Arrizabalaga, and Iñaki Yusta
Journal of Lithic Studies, 2021, Vol. 8(1), 32 p.
https://doi.org/10.2218/jls.4334



Defining and Characterizing Archaeological Quartzite: Sedimentary and Metamorphic Processes in the Lithic Assemblages of El Habario and El Arteu (Cantabrian Mountains, Northern Spain)
by Alejandro Prieto, Iñaki Yusta, Alvaro Arrizabalaga
Archaeometry, 2019, Vol. 61(1), p. 14-40.
https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12397





For more episodes and news, visit our website and social media pages.



Blog: http://archaeocafe.kvasirpublishing.com/archaeoblog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/archaeocafe/

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/archaeocafe




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