Archaeometallurgy in Global Perspective

Methods and Syntheses

  • Benjamin W. Roberts
  • Christopher P. Thornton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Christopher P. Thornton, Benjamin W. Roberts
    Pages 1-9
  3. David Killick
    Pages 11-45
  4. Michael R. Notis
    Pages 47-66
  5. Andreas Hauptmann
    Pages 91-105
  6. Marcos Martinón-Torres, Thilo Rehren
    Pages 107-131
  7. Thomas R. Stöllner
    Pages 133-159
  8. Julia Heeb, Barbara S. Ottaway
    Pages 161-192
  9. Louise Iles, S. Terry Childs
    Pages 193-215
  10. A. Mark Pollard, Peter Bray
    Pages 217-238
  11. Heather Lechtman
    Pages 361-422
  12. Andrea Dolfini
    Pages 473-506
  13. Christopher P. Thornton
    Pages 665-696
  14. Brett C. Hoffman, Heather M.-L. Miller
    Pages 697-727
  15. Roger Doonan, Bryan Hanks, Dmitry Zdanovich, Elena Kupriyanova, Derek Pitman, Natal’ya Batanina et al.
    Pages 755-784
  16. Katheryn M. Linduff, Jianjun Mei
    Pages 785-803
  17. Joyce C. White, Elizabeth G. Hamilton
    Pages 805-852
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 853-868

About this book


The study of ancient metals in their social and cultural contexts has been a topic of considerable interest in archaeology and ancient history for decades, partly due to the modern dependence on technology and man-made materials. The formal study of Archaeometallurgy began in the 1970s-1980s, and has seen a recent growth in techniques, data, and theoretical movements. 

This comprehensive sourcebook on Archaeometallurgy provides an overview of earlier research as well as a review of modern techniques, written in an approachable way. Covering an extensive range of archaeological time-periods and regions, this volume will be a valuable resource for those studying archaeology worldwide. It provides a clear, straightforward look at the available methodologies, including:

• Smelting processes

• Slag analysis

• Technical Ceramics

• Archaeology of Mining and Field Survey

• Ethnoarchaeology

• Chemical Analysis and Provenance Studies

• Conservation Studies 

With chapters focused on most geographic regions of Archaeometallurgical inquiry, researchers will find practical applications for metallurgical techniques in any area of their study. 

Ben Roberts is a specialist in the early metallurgy and later prehistoric archaeology of Europe. He was the Curator of the European Copper and Bronze Age collections at the British Museum between 2007 and 2012 and is now a Lecturer in Prehistoric Europe in the Departm

ent of Archaeology at the Durham University, UK. 

Chris Thornton is a specialist in the ancient metallurgy of the Middle East, combining anthropological theory with archaeometrical analysis to understand the development and diffusion of metallurgical technologies throughout Eurasia. He is currently a Consulting Scholar of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, where he received his PhD in 2009, and the Lead Program Officer of research grants at the National Geographic Society.


Ancient Metals Andes Archaeometallurgy Asia India Mesoamerica Slag Analysis Technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Benjamin W. Roberts
    • 1
  • Christopher P. Thornton
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyDurham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Asian SectionUniversity of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & AnthropologyPhiladelphiaUSA

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