Yale News: New analysis of obsidian blades reveals dynamic Neolithic social networks

October 31, 2022

Recently published research by Dr. Ellery Frahm and Christina Carolus has been featured in Yale News.

Obsidian artifacts excavated during the 1960s at two prominent archaeological sites in southwestern Iran suggest that the networks Neolithic people formed in the region as they developed agriculture were larger and more complex than previously believed, according to Yale archaeologist Ellery Frahm and his coauthor Christina Carolus, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to apply state-of-the-art analytical tools to a collection of 2,100 obsidian artifacts housed at the Yale Peabody Museum. “Tracing these obsidian artifacts from their sources to their endpoints offers insight into how they moved from hand to hand to hand over time, which helps us better understand population changes in the region during the Neolithic Era,” Frahm said.

The press release on Yale News can be found here. The original research publication can be found here.