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Plating and Surface Treatments on Ancient Metalwork

This paper presents an overview of techniques employed in antiquity—in different regions and at different times—for decorating metals by plating or applying surface treatments. Quite often the intention...

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The Decoration and Firing of Ancient Greek Pottery: A Review of Recent Investigations

The wealth and diversity of decoration on Greek pottery continues to attract science-based attention. The availability of increasingly powerful analytical techniques has allowed the nature of the decoration...

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Invention of cast iron smelting in early China: Archaeological survey and numerical simulation

The earliest cast iron in China dates to the 8th century BC and pre-dates the earliest European evidence by about two millennia. The invention of cast iron smelting is closely related to the pre-existing...

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Stasis or stimulus? Exotic materials and social display in Southeast Asia: Response to Pfaffenberger

This paper assesses the relationship between metallurgy and social change in prehistoric Thailand. One model proposes that for about 15 centuries after circa 2000 BCE, peaceful village communities,...

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Chinese mirrors from the burials of the nomads of Eastern Europe of the second half of the 1st millennium BC-first centuries AD: Typology, chronology, distribution and technology of manufacture

The article is devoted to the Chinese mirrors found in the burials of the nomads of Asian Sarmatia. The typology and chronology of mirrors is presented, the earliest of which dates back to the period...

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An AAS study of Chinese imperial yellow porcelain bodies and their place in the history of Jingdezhen's porcelain development

The bodies of 12 examples of imperial yellow Chinese porcelain dating from the early sixteenth century to the early twentieth century have been studied by atomic absorption spectroscopy. The yellow...

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Copper at ancient Kerma: A diachronic investigation of alloys and raw materials

•First overview of Kerma copper alloys.•Trace element and lead isotope data for forty-eight artefacts.•Flexible alloying strategies from Middle Kerma period onwards.•Possibly shared provisioning networks...

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A journey of over 200 years: early studies on wootz ingots and new evidence from Konasamudram, India

Recent new evidence emerged from the crucible steel production site of Konasamudram, Telangana, India. A hoard of 60 crucible steel ingots from this site offers a unique opportunity to study details...

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Archaeomaterials, Innovation, and Technological Change

The field of archaeomaterials research has enormous potential to shed light on past innovation processes. However, this potential has been only partially recognized outside its immediate practitioners,...

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Metallurgy in prehistoric heterarchical societies: Response to Higham

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Glassmaking of the Qing Dynasty: A Review, New Data, and New Insights

Full major and minor chemical compositions, including F, B, As, and Cl, have been produced quantitatively using EPMA for glass samples originating from the Qing Dynasty glass collection of the Bristol...

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Soil, Hands, and Heads: An Ethnoarchaeological Study on Local Preconditions of Pottery Production in the Wei River Valley (Northern China)

This study combines an analysis of archaeological remains, geographic background, and ethnoarchaeological research to gain insights into preconditions and processes of pottery making in northern China...

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X-ray computed tomography reveals special casting techniques used with unusual bronze objects unearthed from the Sanxingdui site

Scholars in a wide range of disciplines are interested in the casting techniques used to create the extraordinary bronze objects unearthed from the two pits of the Sanxingdui site. Although researchers...

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