Prehistoric Gold in Europe

Mines, Metallurgy and Manufacture

  • Giulio Morteani
  • Jeremy P. Northover

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 280)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Chronology and Climatic Changes in Prehistory

  3. Gold and Society

  4. Sources of Precious Metals in Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. G. Lehrberger
      Pages 115-144
    3. G. Weisgerber, E. Pernicka
      Pages 159-182
    4. P. Piana Agostinetti, G. Bergonzi, M. Cattin, M. Del Soldato, F. M. Gambari, M. Tizzoni
      Pages 199-218
    5. B. Cauuet
      Pages 219-240
  5. Gold Metallurgy, Alloying and Chemical Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. R. Gebhard, G. Lehrberger, G. Morteani, Ch. Raub, F. E. Wagner, U. Wagner
      Pages 273-301
    3. G. Lehrberger, Ch. J. Raub
      Pages 341-355
  6. Manufacture of Gold in Prehistory

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 609-618

About this book


Interest in the study of early European cultures is growing. These cultures have left us objects made of gold, other metals and ceramics. The advent of metal detectors, coupled with improved analytical techniques, has increased the number of findings of such objects enormously. Gold was used for economic and ceremonial purposes and thus the gold objects are an important key to our understanding of the social and political structures, as well as the technological achievements, of Bronze and Iron Age European societies.
A correct interpretation of the information provided by gold and other metal objects requires the cooperation of experts in the fields of social, materials and natural science. Detailed investigation of gold deposits in Europe have revealed the composition and genesis of the deposits as sources of the metal.
In Prehistoric Gold in Europe, a group of leading European geoscientists, metallurgists and archaeologists discuss the techniques of gold mining and metallurgy, the socioeconomic importance of gold as coinage and a symbol of wealth and status, and as an indicator of religious habits, as well as a mirror of trade and cultural relations mirrored by the distribution and types of gold objects in prehistoric times.


alloy metal metallurgy mining prehistory

Editors and affiliations

  • Giulio Morteani
    • 1
  • Jeremy P. Northover
    • 2
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Mineralogie und GeochemieTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Department of MaterialsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4500-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-1292-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0168-132X
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