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Archaeometallurgical research of prehistoric metals: ore sources and technology.

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.02.00  Humanities  Archaeology   

Code Science Field
H341  Humanities  Prehistory 
P300  Natural sciences and mathematics  Analytical chemistry 
T450  Technological sciences  Metal technology, metallurgy, metal products 
archaeometallurgy, Late Bronze Age, spectral analyses, metallographic analyses, PIXE method, lead isotope analysis, ingots, copper alloys, ore provenance, alloying, Slovenia, the Alps
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Researchers (5)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  08797  MSc Tatjana Drglin  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2002 - 2004  33 
2.  00767  PhD Andrej Paulin  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  145 
3.  18891  PhD Jurij Simčič  Physics  Researcher  2004  136 
4.  07716  PhD Žiga Šmit  Physics  Researcher  2002 - 2004  462 
5.  03750  PhD Neva Trampuž Orel  Archaeology  Head  2002 - 2004  97 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  88,083 
2.  0206  Institute of Metals and Technology  Ljubljana  5051622000  5,877 
3.  1555  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engeneering  Ljubljana  1627074  19,920 
The project is based on the interdisciplinary work of archaeologists, chemists, metallurgists and geologists and envolves researches of archaeological metals with different natural scientific methods. The ICP-AES and PIXE methods are used along with lead isotope analyses and metallographic analyses. The vast majority of the investigated objects is classified to the Late Bronze Age, to the Ha B period (11th/10th - 9th cent. BC); the objects from the Early Iron Age, from Ha C-D (8th-6th cent. BC) will be studied to a lesser extent. The research is focused on technological procedures, concerning the production of semi-products (plano-convex ingots, cast ingots) and artefacts from copper and copper alloys, i. e. melting, alloying and casting of metals. For the first time in Slovenia the study of the ore provenance is included. A particular attention is also paid to the existence and spread of different technological novelties, i. e. the use of binary and ternary copper alloys with lead, the working of polymetallic deposits. These novelties suddenly appeared at the beginning of the 1st millenium BC and could be successfully explained by traffic, trade and social communications which linked the territory of western Slovenia primarily with the Italic peninsula.
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