The use of tin and bronze in prehistoric South Indian metallurgy

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Journal Articles


JOM: The Journal of Minerals, Metals, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, Volume 50, Number 7, p.44–49 (1998)



The picture that emerges from the study of 140 southern Indian metal artifacts reveals unexpected and even revolutionary findings, indicating ancient, continuing, and skilled bronze traditions that are of significance to global archaeometallurgy. Some exceptional findings include the earliest high-tin beta bronzes reported worldwide, slags from smelting bronze, and mirrors of high-tin delta bronze.


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