Picrolite


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Pic´ro`lite


n.1.(Min.) A fibrous variety of serpentine.
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The MC reconfiguration is accompanied by a massive series of terraces, a new style of rectilinear architecture and new elements of material culture, including a unique picrolite stone disc pendant with incised decoration and a perforated rosette pattern in the centre.
The social implications of distinctive mortuary treatments, pottery types, picrolite figurines and ornaments, and the earliest use of copper in Cyprus are discussed, as is the evidence for ritual and feasting, gender and the individual body, social inequality, and, once again, the construction of a "distinct island identity" (p.
Names like "picrolite, baltimorite, marmolite, williamsite, antillite, aphrodite" and others in the chrysotile-antigorite series of minerals are disregarded (Nagy and Faust, 1956).
"It is becoming increasingly clear that the settlement at Chlorakas-Palloures was an important settlement in the Chalcolithic period, with access to high quality flint and picrolite (used for figurines), metal artefacts, and large well-built houses," the antiquities department said.
The most famous Chalcolithic (copper age) artefacts are undoubtedly the picrolite cruciform figurines.