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The future of archaeometallurgy and historical metallurgy

Rehren, THH; Belford, P; (2013) The future of archaeometallurgy and historical metallurgy. The Crucible: Historical Metallurgy Society News , 83 pp. 6-7. Green open access

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Abstract

It is impossible to predict the future of one’s own research, let alone that of whole disciplines involving research by many individuals. These notes are therefore more suggestions than predictions, combining extrapolation of recent trends with identiication of some lacunae that would beneit from scholarly attention. These observations are based on the intuition and impressions of the two authors; no literature review has been attempted which might form the basis for more comprehensive discussion. It is worth saying at the outset that the dichotomy between ‘archaeometallurgy’ and ‘historical metallurgy’ is purely a relection of convention, and does not have any bearing on methodologies or research priorities. In European contexts, a nominal cut-off may be identiied somewhere in the mid-16th century AD, when increasing written sources (such as Agricola’s De re metallica) mark the step from a predominantly prehistoric (archaeological) to a more historic (literature-based) framework of research. It is clear to us, however, that this separation is neither helpful nor indeed relevant for much of the rest of the world.

Type: Article
Title: The future of archaeometallurgy and historical metallurgy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://hist-met.org/images/pdf/hmsnews83.pdf
Language: English
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/1475957
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