Denison, S., (1994). Bronze Age in the smelting pot. Brit Archaeol News 10. Vol 10, pp. 6-7.

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Bronze Age in the smelting pot
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Brit Archaeol News 10
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British Archaeological News
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10
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6 - 7
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An account of smelting experiments which have provided evidence that the first copper alloys were extracted using the relatively low temperatures achievable in open fires (see also 94/1291). Secondary copper ores smelted in this way produced an arsenical copper similar in composition to that of Chalcolithic period artefacts. The experiments indicate that copper smelting sites could have been very ephemeral, thus accounting for the lack of British metalworking sites before the third millennium BC. By suggesting an earlier origin of metalworking, the results may also help to explain recent early radiocarbon dates for `Bronze Age' artefacts. The plausibility of the hypothesis is challenged by the paucity of evidence for other metallurgical activities and the lack of known ore workings.
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Simon Denison
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Jeremy M O Oetgen (Abstract author)
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1994
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Subject - Auto Detected: Copper Alloys
Bronze Age
Subject - Auto Detected: Copper Smelting
Subject - Auto Detected: Metalworking
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20 Jan 2002