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Selected with care?: - the technology of crucibles in late prehistoric Scotland. A petrographic and chemical assessment
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Archaeological Science, ISSN 0305-4403, E-ISSN 1095-9238, Vol. 40, no 12, 4207-4221 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Prehistoric crucibles and other metalworking ceramics are often described as highly specialised tools made from refractory materials, but little is known about regional trajectories and individual material developments. Hence, further analyses of materials from less studied regions are needed. The current study investigates the technological development of crucibles from late prehistoric Scotland and its relation to technological choices and specialisation. The examination, using ceramic petrography and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy, focuses on the selection of clays and additives for the manufacture of crucibles in contrast to moulds and pottery. It is demonstrated that the production of crucibles in the late prehistoric period predominantly used local resources. Late Bronze Age crucibles have a close relationship with other types of technical and domestic ceramics, while materials in the Iron Age indicate an increased material specialisation for the preparation of particular fabrics. This development is seen across Scotland and echoes trends seen in other areas of Europe, emphasising the role and importance of metallurgical and technological networks.

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2013. Vol. 40, no 12, 4207-4221 p.
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Crucibles, Ceramics, Late prehistoric, Petrography, Microanalysis, Selection, Scotland
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99898DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.05.028ISI: 000328015000009OAI: diva2:690412


Available from: 2014-01-23 Created: 2014-01-20 Last updated: 2014-01-23Bibliographically approved

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