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Metallurgy in America: What do We Know about its Development and Diffusion?

Author(s): Niklas Schulze

Year: 2017

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Academic interest in "New World" metallurgy is more than a century old and has come a long way. New analytical technologies have allowed us to understand in ever greater detail the composition and structure of metal objects found in archaeological contexts. This makes it possible to identify raw materials, study production processes and life histories of artifacts. While our progress in questions of detail is indisputable, the opinions concerning the general development and diffusion of metallurgy in America have not been revised or questioned until now. This presentation will try to assess if it is necessary to change the current discourse and formulate new questions.

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Metallurgy in America: What do We Know about its Development and Diffusion?. Niklas Schulze. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430191)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America