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Coins, artefacts and isotopes-archaeometallurgy and Archaeometry

Rehren, T; Pernicka, E; (2008) Coins, artefacts and isotopes-archaeometallurgy and Archaeometry. Archaeometry , 50 (2) pp. 232-248. 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2008.00389.x. Green open access

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Abstract

Archaeometallurgy is one of the earliest manifestations of archaeometric research, using science-based approaches to address cultural-historical questions. This review first outlines the extent of the field, defining in some detail the main branches of archaeometallurgy, and their specific methodological approaches. It then looks at some of the early publications pioneering archaeometallurgical research, to set the scene for the publication pattern of archaeometallurgy in general, and the role that Archaeometry played in publishing archaeometallurgical research. The analysis of archaeometallurgy-themed publications in Archaeometry, their change over time and their relationship to the total range of work done in the field indicates that there is a rather narrowly defined and specific type of archaeometallurgy that gets published in Archaeometry, initially with a strong focus on coin and object analysis, often combined with method developments. The more recent developments in isotope-based studies in archaeometallurgy find only a limited representation in the journal, despite the leading role that the Isotrace Laboratory played in this discipline, for some considerable length of time. More recently, this Archaeometry-specific 'flavour' of archaeometallurgy seems to weaken, with an increase of papers on iron and on primary production in general, subjects still much under-represented.

Type: Article
Title: Coins, artefacts and isotopes-archaeometallurgy and Archaeometry
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2008.00389.x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4754.2008.00389.x
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Rehren, T; Pernicka, E; (2008) Coins, artefacts and isotopes-archaeometallurgy and Archaeometry. Archaeometry , 50 (2) pp. 232-248, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4754.2008.00389.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Archaeometallurgy, coins, isotopes, publication pattern, neutron-activation analysis, iron artifacts, bloomery slags, copper sources, native copper, lead, provenance, age, constitution, culture
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/136369
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