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Copper minerals and archaeometallurgical materials from the Vinča culture sites of Belovode and Pločnik: Overview of the evidence and new data

Radivojevic, M; Kuzmanovic-Cvetkovic, J; (2014) Copper minerals and archaeometallurgical materials from the Vinča culture sites of Belovode and Pločnik: Overview of the evidence and new data. Starinar , 64 (2014) pp. 7-30. 10.2298/sta1464007r. Green open access

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Abstract

The Vinča culture sites of Belovode and Pločnik have been attracting scholarly attention for decades now, due to numerous discoveries indicative of copper mineral and metal use in these settlements, which are confirmed as, currently, the earliest worldwide and very likely developed independently in Eurasia.1 The authors attempt to give an overview of already published data along with new results stemming from the recently completed doctoral research of the primary author.2 All materials related to copper mineral use and pyrometallurgical activities are presented through the concept of metallurgical chaîne opératoire, following the established sequence of operations,3 which is adjusted for this specific case study and divided into three categories: copper mineral processing, (s)melting debris, and the making and working of finished metal objects. The qualitative overview of available data is therefore focused mainly around the material side of the studied samples and provides an insight into the technological choices for making copper mineral ornaments and copper metal artefacts in the sites of Belovode and Pločnik. Accordingly, it provides a model for the understanding of similar material assemblages that occur in other Vinča culture sites, or beyond.

Type: Article
Title: Copper minerals and archaeometallurgical materials from the Vinča culture sites of Belovode and Pločnik: Overview of the evidence and new data
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2298/sta1464007r
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2298/sta1464007r
Language: English
Additional information: Starinar is an Open Access Journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge and used in accordance with the licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Serbia (CC BY NC ND).
Keywords: Belovode, Pločnik, Vinča culture, malachite, copper metal, tin bronze, malachite beads, chaîne opératoire, slag, Serbia
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137845
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