How to Cite

Pavlů, Ivan et al.: New Perspectives on Querns in Neolithic Societies, edited by Caroline Hamon and Jan Graefe, Heidelberg: Propylaeum, 2017 (Archäologische Berichte, Volume 23).


The print publication was published in 2008 by the Selbstverlag der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte e.V. (DGUF). ISBN 978-3-7749-3607-2.


Caroline Hamon, Jan Graefe (Eds.)

New Perspectives on Querns in Neolithic Societies

Since the time of the first Neolithic societies, humans have processed the corn of the crops into flour by means of querns. Domestication and breeding of animals as well as cultivation and processing of crops constitute the basis of agrarian living. Initially within the past fifteen years, fundamental aspects of plant processing could be clarified. Research on grinding stones and hones contributes to the understanding and knowledge of Neolithic forms of economy and social organisation. Recent more or less regional studies provide new data that enable conclusions on exchange systems of raw materials, of economic basics and on the social and symbolic meaning of grinding stones.

The articles published in this issue result from a conference held in September 2007 at the 13th annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) in Zadar (Croatia).

The essays show that a global overview of querns contributes significantly to the interpretation of status and function of a settlement site.


Table of Contents
Caroline Hamon, Jan Graefe
Neue Aspekte zu Mahlsteinen in neolithischen Gesellschaften
Caroline Hamon, Jan Graefe
New Perspectives on Querns in Neolithic Societies
Ivan Pavlů
Dimensions of Grinding Stones Between Anatolia and Central Europe
Jan Graefe
Trade and use of raw material for neolithic querns in north-western Germany
Britta Ramminger
Quern requirement and raw material supply in Linearbandkeramik settlements of the Mörlener Bucht, NW Wetterau, Hesse
Caroline Hamon
Lifecycle of a neolithic quern: limits and contribution of a combined technical and functional analysis on grinding tools
A. Ciarico, Barbaro Cecilia Conati, Cristina Lemorini, Italo M. Muntoni
The role of grinding tools at Masseria Candelaro (southern Italy): an integrated approach of raw material, technological, use-wear and residues analysis
Cecilia Lidström Holmberg
Grinding technologies, social relations and the becoming of the northernmost TRB
Sue Watts
Object biography and its importance in furthering our understanding of the structured deposition of querns in Neolithic Britain