International Geological Journal - Official Journal of the Carpathian-Balkan Geological Association

NEOLITHIC JADEITITE AXE FROM SOBOTISTE (WESTERN SLOVAKIA)

Pages: 301 - 304

Authors: DUSAN HOVORKA, ZDENO FARKAS, JAN SPISIAK

Abstract: In the area limited by villages Kunov-Sobotiste-Podbranc (Western Slovakia) Neolithic population is documented by archaeological artefacts. Among them Early Linear Pottery of the Baden culture, together with numerous polished stone artefacts document the time period from the Early Neolithic to the Middle Aeneolithic (Jamarik 1961; Pichlerova 1961; Pavuk 1963). Among the polished stone artefacts, one made from jadeitite is unique by its raw material. Electron microprobe study of the raw material of the axe as well as results of detailed studies from the northern Italy and the Western Alps area showed that the rock under consideration underwent a complicated geological history. Occurences of this type of raw material have not been recorded in the Eastern Alps, the Bohemian Massif or in the Western Carpathians. Thus it is supposed that ready-made product was imported from distant areas, such as NW Italy.

Keywords: western Slovakia, Neolithic, import, jadeitite axe

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