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Gold Bulletin

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 99–102 | Cite as

Fingerprinting of gold artefacts from mapungubwe, bosutswe and thulamela

  • B Grigorova
  • W Smith
  • K Stülpner
  • J A Tumilty
  • D Miller
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Abstract

The AARL gold fingerprinting technology has been applied to the analysis of gold artefacts excavated from the southern African sites of Mapungubwe, Bosutswe and Thulamela. Information gleaned from this process is relevant to studies conducted into artefact origins and provides increased insight into the history of this region with regards to the mining, cultural and trade practices associated with these early communities.

Keywords

Lead Isotope Archaeological Site Gold Wire Lead Isotope Ratio Fingerprint Profile 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Copyright information

© World Gold Council 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • B Grigorova
    • 1
  • W Smith
    • 1
  • K Stülpner
    • 1
  • J A Tumilty
    • 1
  • D Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.Anglo American Research Laboratories (Pty) LtdSouth Africa
  2. 2.Archaeology DepartmentUniversity of Cape TownRondebosch

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