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Rach Nui: Ground stone technology in coastal Neolithic settlements of southern Vietnam

Frieman, Catherine; Piper, Philip; Nguyen, Khanh Trung Kien; Tran, Thi Kim Quy; Oxenham, Marc

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The discovery of a small portable grinding stone at Rach Nui in southern Vietnam provides significant new insights into regional Neolithic trade networks and ground stone technologies. Previous research held that the manufacture of stone tools took place near stone sources in the interior, along the Dong Nai and Be River basins, but the Rach Nui grinding stone comes from a Neolithic site in the Mekong Delta, approximately 80km to the south-east. This suggests that some manufacturing occurred...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFrieman, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorPiper, Philip
dc.contributor.authorNguyen, Khanh Trung Kien
dc.contributor.authorTran, Thi Kim Quy
dc.contributor.authorOxenham, Marc
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-08T04:53:57Z
dc.identifier.issn0003-598X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/159304
dc.description.abstractThe discovery of a small portable grinding stone at Rach Nui in southern Vietnam provides significant new insights into regional Neolithic trade networks and ground stone technologies. Previous research held that the manufacture of stone tools took place near stone sources in the interior, along the Dong Nai and Be River basins, but the Rach Nui grinding stone comes from a Neolithic site in the Mekong Delta, approximately 80km to the south-east. This suggests that some manufacturing occurred away from raw material sources. Technological analysis indicates that the artefact was a portable tool for the polishing, maintenance and repair of ground stone adzes. Its discovery at Rach Nui may indicate the presence of specialist tool makers or itinerant traders. This research illustrates the complexity of Neolithic trading networks, and highlights the technological expertise that circulated alongside finished and incomplete objects
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherAntiquity Publications
dc.rights© Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2017
dc.sourceAntiquity
dc.titleRach Nui: Ground stone technology in coastal Neolithic settlements of southern Vietnam
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume91
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor210103 - Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB8224
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.cambridge.org/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFrieman, Catherine, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationPiper, Philip, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationNguyen, Khanh Trung Kien, Southern Institute of Sustainable Development
local.contributor.affiliationTran, Thi Kim Quy, Long An Provincial Museum
local.contributor.affiliationOxenham, Marc, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue358
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage933
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage946
local.identifier.doi10.15184/aqy.2017.71
local.identifier.absseo970121 - Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
dc.date.updated2019-03-12T07:21:02Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85027023029
local.identifier.thomsonID000407568100016
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