The Use of Bronze Objects in the 3rd Millenium BC – a survey between Atlantic and Indus
Citable Link (URL):http://resolver.sub.uni-goettingen.de/purl?gs-1/15774
Journal Article (Published version)
First published (peer reviewed)In: Maran, J.; Stockhammer, Ph. (Eds.) Appropriating innovations. Entangled knowledgement in Eurasia, 5000–1500 BCE. Heidelberg, January 15–17, 2015
The present article provides a survey on the appearance of bronze, an intentional alloy of copper and tin, before the end of the 3rd millennium BC, or more precisely before 2200/2100 BC. More than 140 sites have been assembled between the Atlantic in the west and the Indus or north-west India in the east. The analysis was originally intended as a detailed overview of the chronology and geographical distribution of early bronze objects and their contextual associations. Another aim was to investigate the kind of objects that were made of bronze when this material was still new and in most cases difﬁcult to come by. No more than a preliminary outline of all these interesting aspects can be given here. Nevertheless, the data may hopefully provide a basis for others to investigate these questions further on a broader material basis than has been possible so far.
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