Recent insights into the metallurgical technologies of ancient mesoamerica
Data gained from the analyses reported here make it possible to distinguish West Mexican artifacts from artifacts that may represent indigenous local Mesoamerican metalworking industries. Further lead-isotope studies of Mesoamerican ores and artifacts, archaeological surveys in key areas to locate metal processing and production sites, and excavations of those processing and production sites to establish chronologies and to investigate the specifics of the processing technologies are now required.
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