Lithic raw materials in prehistoric times of eastern Central Europe
The book comprises results of the author cooperation with archaeologists during the last 35 years and systematically describes lithic raw materials used in prehistoric times of Eastern Central Europe. It covers the area of Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, eastern part of Germany (Saxony, Thuringia and Bavaria) and northern Austria. Introductory chapters present brief survey of geomorphological and geological units with potential rock sources. Than, various methods of natural science suitable for determination of lithic artefacts are characterized. The principal chapter describes in detail individual rocks and minerals for chipped artefacts. Raw materials for polished axes and battleaxes, wristguards, whetstones, millstones and whorls are introduced in a similar way. The attention is also focussed on sources of rock-salt, the usage of fossils in prehistory and finds of pseudoartefacts or fakes. Within the text there are 147 black-and-white pictures or maps and the final annex contains 384 coloured photos of raw materials seen by naked eye, under a stereomicroscope, in a thin section or as interesting artefacts.