Early metallurgy in Iberia and the western Mediterranean

Bartelheim, Martin and Pearce, Mark (2015) Early metallurgy in Iberia and the western Mediterranean. In: The Oxford handbook of Neolithic Europe. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 693-709. ISBN 9780199545841

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This chapter explores early metallurgy and metalwork in Iberia and the western Mediterranean, focusing on the metal-using phase known as ‘Chalcolithic’. After providing a background on the Iberian peninsula and its potential importance for early metallurgy, the discussion turns to the earliest treatment of copper ores in the region and the socioeconomic context of early metallurgy. It then looks at the earliest use of copper artefacts in Italy and the Italian peninsula c. 4500–3500 BC, as well as Mediterranean France. Finally, it examines the social role played by copper artefacts and metallurgy in the late Neolithic and Chalcolithic societies of the western Mediterranean.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Chalcolithic; Copper; Mining; Metallurgy; Economy; Society
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Archaeology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545841.001.0001
Depositing User: Pearce, Professor Mark
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2018 08:23
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 12:58
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49184

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