picrolite


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picrolite

[′pik·rə‚līt]
(mineralogy)
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The most important object found during this excavation season is a unique picrolite figurine of a quadruped with two piercings.
A large carefully engraved teardrop-shaped picrolite pendant, representing a more developed form of ornament than those recovered previously, was also recovered.Renewed excavation in another area of the site uncovered a unique arrangement of chalk slabs encircling a large hearth-like setting of burnt stone.
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.
According to the Antiquities Department, a dense concentration of the mineral picrolite in the west ridge of the cliff-top settlement indicates that the spot was a workshop for the production of the cruciform figurines and large pendants.
C[pounds sterling]The assemblage mainly consists of the raw picrolite material, possibly quarried from the Troodos Mountains rather than imported in pebble form from the Kouris River valley, many waste chips flaked from that raw material in order to reduce it to convenient form and a roughout for a probable figurine,C[yen] the Department said in a statement.