Use your eyes - metallographic versus superficial traces of the crafting of Bronze Age ornaments

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How should it be possible to see the techniques used in crafting prehistoric artefacts only with the naked eye? Is it at all necessary when we have plenty of technical possibilities to look through and into prehistoric artefacts? This presentation will explain why both, natural scientific analysis and superficial archaeological examinations can be used to understand prehistoric craft. Furthermore, it will show that with an intensive knowledge about previous scientific investigations the superficial traces preserved can reveal a great amount of information and could talk for themselves.
Taking as an example the early and middle Bronze Age bronze ornaments from North Germany, superficial traces of the metal crafting process, visible with the naked eye, will be compared with metallographic images. The aim of this presentation is to give an overview over the crafting traces everybody could see (with a bit training), and to show the characteristic traces of some technical processes in metal craft. Additionally, by showing and explaining the differences within the two major metalworking techniques, that appear in the material of the Nordic Bronze Age, on experimental crafted belt discs, a trace catalogue of superficial crafting traces for further studies will be put on display. As the destructive sampling of artefacts kept in museum exhibitions is becoming more and more difficult, such a basic knowledge concerning the residues of the crafting processes would allow examining artefacts non-destructively and revealing the knowledge and organisation of prehistoric metal craft.
Original languageEnglish
Publication yearSep 2017
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017
EventEAA: 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists - Maastricht, Netherlands
Duration: 30 Aug 20172 Sep 2017
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Conference

ConferenceEAA
CountryNetherlands
CityMaastricht
Period30/08/201702/09/2017
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Bibliographical note

Nørgaard 2017, Use your eyes - metallographic versus superficial traces of the crafting of Bronze Age ornaments. In: Bazelmans, J. (ed), Building Bridges. Abstract book of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists 2017, 481.

    Research areas

  • Nordic Bronze Age, metallography, Bronze Age craft

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