The manufacture of Minoan metal vessels: theory and practice

  title={The manufacture of Minoan metal vessels: theory and practice},
  author={Christina Clarke},
This study aims to establish the equipment and methods used to make hammered metal vessels in Crete during the Bronze Age. It combines archaeological research with metalsmithing practice. The most substantial studies to date have been largely typological. Some have examined the equipment and processes used, but usually without fully taking into account the metalsmithing techniques involved in vessel manufacture. An understanding of the equipment required and the manner in which it is used… 
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