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Millstones and other macrolithics, the “eternal forgotten” in Chalcolithic settlements. Camino de las Yeseras (San Fernando de Henares, Madrid, Spain), an example.
Irene Ortiz Nieto-Márquez  1, *@  , Patricia Ríos Mendoza  1, *@  , Corina Liesau Von Lettow-Vorbeck  1, *@  , Carlos Arteaga Cardineau  1, *@  
1 : Universidad Autónoma de Madrid  (UAM)  -  Site web
Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco · 28049 Madrid -  Espagne
* : Auteur correspondant

Chalcolithic is a period with plentiful novelties and innovations. New technologies were introduce into society, promoting progress and improvements in quality of group's life. These innovations solved necessities or improved processes or products, but, what happened when an “old technology” is still working perfectly?

This study presents the paper of the “forgotten” macrolithic in chalcolithic societies, especially at “Camino de las Yeseras” site (Madrid, Spain). The high levels of these materials shows their active paper on these communities; however, they have never been study in detail.

The identification of macrolithics such as millstones and hand millstones, between others, have allow us to make not only formal analysis, but also petrolithic, morpho-functional and fitolithic analysis as well as analyze their spatial distribution into the site. All this information have increase our knowledge about their social-techno-functional spectrum.

The research have provided us enough information to determinate that there were not only millstones, but also diverse working surfaces, and not only hand millstones, but also mashers, bush hammers and hammers, whose functionality is diverse.

On that way, thanks to these materials it is possible to infer about technological aspects, different ways of cereal consumption, and certain methods of mineral treatment. Besides, according to this results help us to evaluate the existence of exchanges networks and specialized craftsmen.


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