Early Bronze Age metallurgy: a newly discovered copper manufactory in southern Jordan Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Recent excavations in southern Jordan have revealed the largest Early Bronze Age (c. 3600-2000 BC) metal manufactory in the ancient Near East. On-site Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses of the finds provide new evidence concerning the scale and organization of metal production at a time when the first cities emerged in this part of the Near East. Materials and lead isotope analyses of the metallurgical finds provide important data for reconstructing ancient metal processing and for identifying trade networks.

authors

  • Levy, Thomas E
  • Adams, Russell
  • Hauptmann, Andreas
  • Prange, Michael
  • Schmitt-Strecker, Sigrid
  • Najjar, Mohammad

publication date

  • June 2002