Sending Laurion Back to the Future: Bronze Age Silver and the Source of Confusion

  title={Sending Laurion Back to the Future: Bronze Age Silver and the Source of Confusion},
  author={Jonathan R. Wood and Yi-Ting Hsu and Carol Bell},
  journal={Internet Archaeology},
Silver-bearing lead ores at Laurion in Attica were considered to have been first exploited with the introduction of coinage sometime around the birth of Classical Greece. However, in the late 20th century this chronology was radically revised earlier, to the Bronze Age, largely supported by lead isotope analyses (LIA). Here, we acknowledge that lead and silver metallurgy emerged from the earliest times but we propose that any correlation between these metals in the archaeological record is not… 

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