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An archaeological fingerprint: Isotopes as a key to trace Denmark’s metal supply and routes of transfer in Early Bronze Age (2100-1500 BCE)

Projekter: ProjektForskning

  • Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie
  • Universität Heidelberg
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As early as 2100 BCE, societies in Denmark became metal-using and for the first
time dependent on one exogenous resource. Our knowledge concerning the cross-Europe interconnectivities and dependencies, in the early Bronze Age, is
insufficient. These intriguing mechanisms that formed the Nordic Bronze Age can
only be understood, when we are able to reconstruct the metal trading routes 2100-1600 BC. With led/tin isotope analyses of 600 bronze artefacts, this project will radically change the picture, as it presents enough data for reconstructing transport routes, and the social circumstances that formed a society based on long-distance trade. The project involves novel tin-isotopy to detect a possible deviating origin of copper and tin, hence exploring the possibility of unknown trading routes. These interdisciplinary analyses will add a reliable amount of data to identify and model major changes in the transfer routes that sustained the initial phases of societal formation in the NBA.
Effektiv start/slut dato01/08/201631/07/2018




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