Tainted ores and the rise of tin bronzes in Eurasia, c. 6500 years ago

  title={Tainted ores and the rise of tin bronzes in Eurasia, c. 6500 years ago},
  author={Miljana Radivojevi{\'c} and Thilo Rehren and Julka Kuzmanovi{\'c}-Cvetkovi{\'c} and Marija Jovanovi{\'c} and Jeremy P. Northover},
  pages={1030 - 1045}
The earliest tin bronze artefacts in Eurasia are generally believed to have appeared in the Near East in the early third millennium BC. Here we present tin bronze artefacts that occur far from the Near East, and in a significantly earlier period. Excavations at Pločnik, a Vinča culture site in Serbia, recovered a piece of tin bronze foil from an occupation layer dated to the mid fifth millennium BC. The discovery prompted a reassessment of 14 insufficiently contextualised early tin bronze… 

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  • J. Muhly
  • History
    American Journal of Archaeology
  • 1993
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