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Ancient Lead and Zinc Mining in Rajasthan, India

Lynn Willies, P. T. Craddock, L. J. Gurjar and K. T. M. Hedge
World Archaeology
Vol. 16, No. 2, Mines and Quarries (Oct., 1984), pp. 222-233
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/124574
Page Count: 12
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Ancient Lead and Zinc Mining in Rajasthan, India
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Abstract

Lead and zinc mines in Rajasthan, India, were examined, in relation to, especially, the early use of zinc as a metal. Carbon dates of circa 2000 years before present established Zawar as the world's oldest zinc mines. Large-scale mining for lead at Rajpura-Dariba goes back to circa 3000 years before present. Major features found are described, emphasising the considerable scale of operations, and methods used.

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