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On the origins of mercury gilding: contributions from the Protohistoric goldwork of Northwest Iberia

Martinon-Torres, M; Ladra, L; (2011) On the origins of mercury gilding: contributions from the Protohistoric goldwork of Northwest Iberia. TRABAJOS PREHIST , 68 (1) 187 - 198. 10.3989/tp.2011.11066. Gold open access

Abstract

The origins and transmission of mercury gilding remain unclear. Recently, the possibility of an independent focus of invention in the South of the Iberian Peninsula has been proposed (Perea et al. 2008). Here we present analyses by portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) of two torcs from the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula that reveal the earliest evidence for this technique in the region. The technology and style of these artefacts raise the possibility of contacts and technological transmission on the Atlantic coast of Europe. Thus, these finds call for a diversification of the explanatory models for the difussion of this technique.

Type: Article
Title: On the origins of mercury gilding: contributions from the Protohistoric goldwork of Northwest Iberia
Open access status: An open access publication
DOI: 10.3989/tp.2011.11066
Keywords: Gold, Torcs, Archaeometry, Archaeometallurgy, portable XRF, Late Iron Age, Atlantic Europe
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
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1320977
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