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Publication Detail
Early Balkan Metallurgy: Origins, Evolution and Society, 6200–3700 BC
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Radivojević M, Roberts BW
  • Publisher:
    Springer Verlag
  • Publication date:
    15/07/2021
  • Journal:
    Journal of World Prehistory
  • Status:
    Published
  • Print ISSN:
    0892-7537
  • Keywords:
    Metallurgy, Balkans, Invention, Innovation, Colour, Networks, Social Complexity
  • Notes:
    please do not make public yet
Abstract
This paper analyses and re-evaluates the current explanations and interpretations regarding the origins, development and societal context of early metallurgy in the Balkans (c. 6200-3200 BCE). The early metallurgy in this region encompasses the production, distribution and consumption of copper, gold, tin bronze, lead and silver. The paper draws upon a wide range of existing and new archaeometallurgical and archaeological data, whose diversity and depth make the Balkans the most intensively investigated of all the early metallurgical heartlands across the world. We focus specifically on the ongoing debates relating to: the independent invention and innovation of different metals and metal production techniques; the analysis and interpretations of an early metallurgical production cores, peripheries and collapses; and the relationships between metal objects, colour and communities.
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