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The Emergence of Complex Silver Metallurgy in the Americas: A Case Study from the Lake Titicaca Basin of Southern Peru

Schultze, CA; Huff, JA; Rehren, T; Levine, AR; (2016) The Emergence of Complex Silver Metallurgy in the Americas: A Case Study from the Lake Titicaca Basin of Southern Peru. Cambridge Archaeological Journal , 26 (01) pp. 53-64. 10.1017/S0959774315000517. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper discusses the emergence of silver metallurgy some two millennia ago in the south central Andes. It is argued that the availability of multiple abundant resources and a high population density were instrumental in the development of this complex technology. The potential for such resource-rich environments to stimulate and sustain innovation is briefly discussed, particularly for prestige goods in societies engaged in socially competitive networks. The Puno Bay area of Lake Titicaca and its hinterland is shown to be one such resource-rich region, which may have contributed to its role in developing a complex and labour-intensive silver metallurgy as part of a larger mining-metallurgical landscape.

Type: Article
Title: The Emergence of Complex Silver Metallurgy in the Americas: A Case Study from the Lake Titicaca Basin of Southern Peru
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0959774315000517
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959774315000517
Language: English
Additional information: This article has been published in a revised form in Cambridge Archaeological Journal https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959774315000517. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press 2017.
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URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1544981
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