Prehistoric Copper Mining in Europe

Prehistoric Copper Mining in Europe

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This volume examines prehistoric copper mining in Europe, from the first use of the metal eight thousand years ago in the Balkans to its widespread adoption during the Bronze Age. The history of research is examined, as is the survival of this mining archaeology in different geological settings. The study is based on a review of field data and research produced over many decades by the collaboration of archaeologists and geologists in a number of differentcountries, and covers such famous mining centres as the Mitterberg in Austria, Kargaly in Russia, the Great Orme in Wales, and those in Cyprus, from where the name of this metal derives.In some instances it may be possible to infer the working of leather and repair of clothing, but the evidence is scanta€”the discovery of part of a leather jacket in the Kelchalpe mine is a rare find (Pittioni 1951: plate 7.2). Pottery was used in some anbsp;...

Title:Prehistoric Copper Mining in Europe
Author:William O'Brien
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2015-02-18


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