Megalithic high-tin bronzes: Ethnoarchaeological and archaeometallurgical insights on manufacture and possible artistic and musical significance

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Man and Environment, Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies, Volume XXXI, Number 2, p.1–8 (2006)



The megalithic of peninsular and southern India represent one of the enigmatic aspects of Indian archaeology, with few burial-cum-habitation sites having been uncovered near cairns or burials. Archaeometallurgical investigations by the author on a range of thin vessel fragments from a range of megalithic sites such as Adichanallur and the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu, and Mahurjhari in the vidarbha region of early to mid 1st millennium BC point to the use of binary copper tin alloys with higher content of tin.


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