Nickel in Ancient Bronzes

  title={Nickel in Ancient Bronzes},
  author={C. F. Cheng and Craig M. Schwitter},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={351 - 365}
SUMMARY Nickel in significant amounts over I% was a constituent of some bronzes made as early as 40003500 B.C. by the civilizations of Sumeria, Syria and the Indus Valley. Such artifacts were usually contemporary with other bronzes containing small amounts or traces of nickel, and a large number containing no nickel at all. But if the nickel content was not simply an inadvertent impurity, no pattern of use suggests a deliberate use of alloy other than that nearly all of the identifiable objects… 
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