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Prehistoric copper pyrotechnology in the Swiss Alps: Approaches to site detection and chaîne opératoire


Della Casa, Philippe; Turck, Rouven; Naef, Leandra (2016). Prehistoric copper pyrotechnology in the Swiss Alps: Approaches to site detection and chaîne opératoire. Quaternary International: The Journal of the International Union for Quaternary Research, 402:26-34.

Abstract

In the framework of a long-time research focus on prehistoric Alpine settlement, activity, and human ecology, the University of Zurich Dept. of Prehistoric Archaeology has engaged in a new tri-national interdisciplinary project on early Copper production in the Central and Eastern Alps. This paper discusses the research settings and strategies of the Zurich team in the Oberhalbstein valley, canton of Grisons, with an emphasis on processes in the operational chain and coordinated field survey methods. First results in the localization and investigation of ore extracting and smelting sites are presented, and evaluated against the overall situation in the valley and the background of investigation in other Copper producing areas of the Alps.

Abstract

In the framework of a long-time research focus on prehistoric Alpine settlement, activity, and human ecology, the University of Zurich Dept. of Prehistoric Archaeology has engaged in a new tri-national interdisciplinary project on early Copper production in the Central and Eastern Alps. This paper discusses the research settings and strategies of the Zurich team in the Oberhalbstein valley, canton of Grisons, with an emphasis on processes in the operational chain and coordinated field survey methods. First results in the localization and investigation of ore extracting and smelting sites are presented, and evaluated against the overall situation in the valley and the background of investigation in other Copper producing areas of the Alps.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Archaeology
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:21 Dec 2015 14:25
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 15:47
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1040-6182
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.037

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