Article ID: CBB001321028

Tainted Ores and the Rise of Tin Bronzes in Eurasia, c. 6500 Years Ago (2013)


The earliest tin bronze artefacts in Eurasia are generally believed to have appeared in the Near East in the early third millennium BC. Here we present tin bronze artefacts that occur far from the Near East, and in a significantly earlier period. Excavations at Plo ik, a Vin a culture site in Serbia, recovered a piece of tin bronze foil from an occupation layer dated to the mid fifth millennium BC. The discovery prompted a reassessment of 14 insufficiently contextualised early tin bronze artefacts from the Balkans. They too were found to derive from the smelting of coppertin ores. These tin bronzes extend the record of bronze making by c. 1500 years, and challenge the conventional narrative of Eurasian metallurgical development. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Authors & Contributors
Mei, Jianjun
Evans, Chris
Liu, En-yuan
Jiang, Tingyu
Ling, Yong
Lu, Enguo
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Zhongguo Keji Shiliao (China Historical Materials of Science and Technology)
Guangxi Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao
International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
Beacon Press
University Press of Colorado
Oxford University Press
Renaissance Books
Johns Hopkins University Press
Metals and metallic compounds
Copper and copper industry
Mines and mining
Thompson, Robert Means
Hybinette, Noak Victor
Zumbe, Carl
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
Han dynasty (China, 202 B.C.-220 A.D.)
Edo period (Japan, 1603-1868)
Great Britain
United States
Montana (U.S.)
East India Company (English)

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