Archaeometallurgy of Post-Columbian America

  • Nicolás C. CiarloEmail author
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Outstanding research has been conducted on ancient metals all over the world within archaeometallurgy. Thus far, this research has addressed a wide range of topics, such as the origins and spread of metallurgy, mining technology, production and circulation of metals, functionality and use of artefacts, and postdepositional deterioration processes. However, archaeometallurgical studies on remains from historical sites (or postmedieval, in Europe) are less frequent. Though written documents, maps, paintings, and photographs, when available, are very useful complementary sources of information for this period, our knowledge of past technologies is not yet sufficiently thorough, as many sites were either poorly documented at the time, or not registered at all. For instance, investigations focused on metal artefacts and other related finds from ca. AD 1500 onward are of special value for their insights into innovations that took place in ferrous metallurgy during the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Archaeology, School of Philosophy & Letters, University of Buenos AiresNational Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)Buenos AiresArgentina

Section editors and affiliations

  • E. Christian Wells
    • 1
  • Arleyn Simon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.School of Human Evolution & Social ChangeArizona State UniversityTempeUSA