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Absolute dating of metallurgical innovations in the Vinča Culture of the Balkans

Boric, Dusan 2009. Absolute dating of metallurgical innovations in the Vinča Culture of the Balkans. In: Kienlin, Tobias L. and Roberts, Ben W. eds. Metals and Societies: Studies in honour of Barbara S. Ottaway, Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie, vol. 169. Bonn: Habelt, pp. 191-245.

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This paper discusses the chronology of the early metallurgy in the context of the Vinča Culture of the central Balkans on the basis of new radiometric evidence. The AMS dating programme focused both on the mining site of Rudna Glava and on those settlement sites and contexts of the Vinča culture with early copper finds and traces of metallurgical activities. These results allow us to suggest that the copper ore mining as well as the smelting activities found in the Vinča culture contexts can be seen as the earliest copper metallurgy of southeast Europe. The paper explores what made these metallurgical innovations possible and how they affected various aspects of social existence across south-east Europe in the late sixth and the first half of the fifth millennium BC.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: Habelt
ISBN: 9783774936317
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