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date: 15 June 2024


The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology

Timothy Darvill

[Ma]Opaque white crystalline silicate stone found in many parts of the world and variously used for toolmaking and in ceremonial contexts. In Atlantic Europe white quartz pebbles were used as talismans, perhaps representing the soul of a person, from the early Neolithic through into early Christian times. White quartz is frequently found deposited around ... ...

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