Oxford: Archaeopress, 2015. — 809 pp. — ISBN 978-1-78491-236-9.Copper is the first metal to play a large part in human history. This work is devoted to the history of metallurgical production in Northern Eurasia during the Bronze Age, based on experiments carried out by the author and analyses of ancient slag, ore and metal. It should be noted that archaeometallurgical studies include a huge range of works reflecting different fields of activity of ancient metallurgists. Often, all that unites these is the term ‘metallurgy’. This work considers the problems of proper metallurgy, i.e. extracting metal from ore. A number of accompanying operations are closely connected with it, such as charcoal-burning, ore dressing, furnace constructing, and preparation of crucibles. In some instances the author touches upon these operations; however the main topic of the work is the smelting process. The closing stage of the metallurgical production is metalworking including various casting and forging operations, and also auxiliary operations: making of crucibles, casting molds, stone tools for metal forging. These problems are, as a rule, out of frameworks of this research.Introduction. Experiments with Ancient Copper Smelting Technologies. Production in the Eneolithic, Early and Middle Bronze Age. Metallurgical Furnaces of Sintashta Culture. Copper Ores of Sintashta and Petrovka Sites in the Transurals. Mineralogical and Chemical Composition of Sintashta Slag. Sintashta metalworking. Chronology, Genesis and Structure of Sintashta Metallurgy. Metallurgy of the Late Bronze Age in the Volga and Orenburg Regions. Mining and Metallurgical Production in the Don and Donets Areas. Metallurgical Production in the Asian Part of the Eurasian Metallurgical Province in the Bronze Age. Metallurgical Production in the Kyzyl-Kum. The Problem of Iron in the Bronze Age of Northern Eurasia. Metallurgical Production in the Early Iron Age. Conclusions.
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