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Lead isotope and metal source of Shang bronzes: A response to Sun et al.'s comments

Liu, SR; Chen, KL; Rehren, T; Mei, JJ; Chen, JL; Liu, Y; Killick, D; (2018) Lead isotope and metal source of Shang bronzes: A response to Sun et al.'s comments. Archaeometry 10.1111/arcm.12411. (In press).

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Abstract

In this brief response to Sun et al.'s () comments on our paper, we re-emphasize that archaeological, chemical and isotopic evidence are all relevant to the discussion about the metal source of the Shang period with highly radiogenic lead isotope ratios. The southern African bronzes have much lower lead contents and quite different lead isotopic signatures than the Shang bronzes. More importantly, there was no metallurgy of any kind in southern Africa before c.200 ce, so southern Africa cannot possibly be the source of Shang bronze, which date to about 1500 to 1000 BCE.

Type: Article
Title: Lead isotope and metal source of Shang bronzes: A response to Sun et al.'s comments
DOI: 10.1111/arcm.12411
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12411
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10053919
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