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Early metallurgy in Iberia and the western Mediterranean

Bartelheim, Martin; Pearce, Mark

Authors

Martin Bartelheim

Prof MARK PEARCE mark.pearce@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Mediterranean Prehistory



Contributors

Chris Fowler
Editor

Jan Harding
Editor

Daniela Hofman
Editor

Abstract

This chapter explores early metallurgy and metalwork in Iberia and the western Mediterranean, focusing on the metal-using phase known as ‘Chalcolithic’. After providing a background on the Iberian peninsula and its potential importance for early metallurgy, the discussion turns to the earliest treatment of copper ores in the region and the socioeconomic context of early metallurgy. It then looks at the earliest use of copper artefacts in Italy and the Italian peninsula c. 4500–3500 BC, as well as Mediterranean France. Finally, it examines the social role played by copper artefacts and metallurgy in the late Neolithic and Chalcolithic societies of the western Mediterranean.

Publication Date Mar 26, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title The Oxford handbook of Neolithic Europe
ISBN 9780199545841
APA6 Citation Bartelheim, M., & Pearce, M. (2015). Early metallurgy in Iberia and the western Mediterranean. In J. Harding, C. Fowler, & D. Hofman (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of Neolithic EuropeOxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545841.001.0001
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545841.001.0001
Keywords Chalcolithic; Copper; Mining; Metallurgy; Economy; Society
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545841.001.0001
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