The Prehistoric Use of Nephrite on the British Columbia Plateau


John Darwent
Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University


Archaeology, British Columbia Plateau, Lithics, Nephrite, Lithic sources, Lithic assemblage, Prehistory


This study is an examination of the pre historic use of nephrite on the British Columbia Plateau. It was undertaken in order to deter mine whether nephrite was primarily used by Plateau societies to fulfill utilitarian wood working requirements or as an item of status, property or wealth. To understand these issues, it will be necessary to evaluate the costs and benefits involved in manufacturing and using implements made of nephrite compared to those for other stone materials available for woodworking in the British Columbia interior. It will also be essential to determine how pre historic plateau societies exchanged, utilized and disposed of nephrite objects. This study helps to establish how complex hunter-gatherer societies made use of commodities of potenti ally high value.


  • Frontmatter
  • Complete Book
  • Table of Contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Nephrite
  • 3 Ethnographic and Archaeological Background of Nephrite Use
  • 4 Groundstone Tool Technology
  • 5 Celt Manufacture, Context, and Distribution
  • 6 Discussion and Conclusion
  • References
  • Appendix 1: Museums Collection Data
  • Appendix 2: Nephrite Artifacts from Literature Review
  • Appendix 3: Celt Data from Literature Review
  • Appendix 4: Non-Nephrite Containing Sites
  • Appendix 5: Non-celt Artifacts from Literature Review
  • Backmatter


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May 5, 2017