Picrolite


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Pic´ro`lite


n.1.(Min.) A fibrous variety of serpentine.
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The most famous Chalcolithic (copper age) artefacts are undoubtedly the picrolite cruciform figurines.
Picrolite supplies the local green stone used for simple pebble and drop pendants (ranging from about 10mm to about 50mm in length).
A large carefully engraved teardrop-shaped picrolite pendant, representing a more developed form of ornament than those recovered previously, was also recovered.
The same tomb produced a perforated disk of blue-green picrolite.
The finds include a picrolite bead in a "figure eight" design, ground stone tools including a small axe and chisel, as well as quantities of red burnished ware pottery.