Making a point: Lithic daggers in Iberia between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coasts
Flint daggers were in circulation in Europe from the middle of the fourth millennium BC, and several varieties of flint daggers have become famous for their fine workmanship, specialist manufacture techniques and wide area of distribution. This paper will discuss the lithic daggers from the Iberian Peninsula. While these are not so well known as their counterparts in France or Scandinavia, they show clear evidence for the same sorts of specialist lithic technological practices we find further north in Europe. Moreover, in their regional distribution and typological variation they clearly demonstrate the networks of exchange and communication in which Iberian populations took part. The presence of daggers from Scandinavia and France, as well as the use of African Ivory in the production of lithic dagger hilts suggests that, although Iberia was geographically distant from the main centres of flint dagger production it was not isolated from them.
Dr Catherine Frieman is a Senior Lecturer in European Archaeology at the School of Archaeology and Anthronthpology, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.