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A chalcolithic error: Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009

Thornton, CP; Golden, JM; Killick, DJ; Pigott, VC; Rehren, TH; Roberts, BW; (2010) A chalcolithic error: Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009. American Journal of Archaeology , 114 (2) pp. 305-315. 10.3764/aja.114.2.305. Green open access

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Abstract

In the October 2009 issue of the AJA, Amzallag published a hypothesis for the origins and spread of furnacebased metallurgy in the Old World ("From Metallurgy to Bronze Age Civilizations: The Synthetic Theory," AJA [2009] 497-519). Amzallag's paper is rife with misunderstandings of both an archaeological and a technical nature, leading to a skewed vision of early metallurgical development. In this rebuttal, we seek to correct some of the more egregious errors in his article and provide a counterargument for the origins of copper-based metallurgy in the Old World.

Type: Article
Title: A chalcolithic error: Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3764/aja.114.2.305
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3764/aja.114.2.305
Language: English
Additional information: This article is freely available electronically immediately upon publication and can be distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial License (CC BY-NC). This license allows anyone to reuse, remix, and build upon the content, as long as it is for legal noncommercial purposes; the new work must credit the author, the AJA, and the Archaeological Institute of America.
Keywords: Archaeological Science, Prehistory, Bronze Age, Metallurgy/Metalworking
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475328
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