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Sources of Tin and the Beginnings of Bronze Metallurgy

James D. Muhly
American Journal of Archaeology
Vol. 89, No. 2 (Apr., 1985), pp. 275-291
DOI: 10.2307/504330
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/504330
Page Count: 17
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Sources of Tin and the Beginnings of Bronze Metallurgy
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Abstract

Recent discoveries of Bronze Age tin ingots and tin artifacts, together with new geological evidence on tin deposits in Europe, the Mediterranean and Western Asia, provide the opportunity to survey the evidence for possible sources of tin and the first use of bronze in the eastern Mediterranean and in Western Asia. Afghanistan now emerges as the most promising eastern source of tin, with western sources most likely located in southern England and Brittany. Central European tin sources still provide serious problems within the context of the nature of Bronze Age mining technology and the type of cassiterite being utilized at that time.

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