Metallurgy in Southeast Asia

  • Thomas Oliver Pryce
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Situated at the eastern terminus of the mighty Himalayan range, Southeast Asia’s early metal technologies are intimately related to similar developments in neighboring Eurasian populations – namely, in present-day China and India (Fig. 1). This chapter will summarize past and current academic thinking on how regional base metal (copper, tin, lead, iron) production, exchange, and consumption was initiated and evolved from the début of the Mainland Southeast Asian (MSEA) Bronze Age through to the Historical era, c. 500 AD. The Island Southeast Asian Metal Age will be briefly treated at the end due to the significant time gap in its appearance.


Lead Isotope Analysis Lead Isotope Signature Sociopolitical Complexity Primary Metal Production Primary Copper Production 
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  1. 1.French National Centre for Scientific ResearchL’université Paris Ouest Nanterre La DéfenseFrance