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Vol. 22 No. 1 (2016): METALLA
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The contribution of Rashidian is dealing with the results of the Excavations from the Middle Bronze Age copper ore beneficiation at Troiboden in the Austrian Alps. The anthropogenic sediments resulting from ore beneficiation and subsequent weathering processes were studied with a geoarchaeological approach and give an indication that the beneficiation process were more effective than previously thought.

The article of Merkel examines the copper-based metallurgical remains from Carolingian/Ottonian levels of Dortmund and Soest. They were analysed by microscopy, high-resolution ICP-MS and lead isotope analysis to reveal information about some of the earliest archaeological evidence for medieval brass production in Western Europe.

The contribution of Hauptmann presents the results of cosmetic pigment analyses from the Royal Tombs of Ur, Mesopotamia, 3rd millennium BC. Most of the cosmetic pigments were stored in shell containers. They are composed of a complex mixture of bluish-greenish minerals, bone white and fats or oils. The chromophores are thought to be produced from acid or wine in copper vessels making verdigris.

In this issue, METALLA presented new investigations, new results from the examination of metal artefacts and other archaeological finds from the Ur-Workshop in May 2015 at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (pages 77-145). The scientific questions addressed in this project focusses on the fallowing aspects. Are the technologies and innovations seen in the Ur metalwork a manifestation of the enormous political and cultural development of the urban settlements of Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC? Were these production techniques imported from elsewhere and where did the metals and other materials come from? Did they come from lands connected to Ur by its far-reaching trade contacts? To answer these questions, ressources, cultures and civilizations within distances of several thousands of kilometres in all directions from Mesopotamia have to be taken therefore into consideration.

Published: 2024-04-11
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Aim and Scope of the Journal

The journal METALLA is an international, peer-reviewed, English-language archaeological and archaeometallurgical journal with clear acquisitions to archaeometry, conservation science to economic, mining and raw materials archaeology and economic history. The journal is published in printed form with two issues per year. It is one of the most renowned academic journals in this subject spectrum and combines the historical, archaeological and archaeometric scientific fields at the highest professional level. The contributions are strongly related to mining, the production, provenance and preservation of artefacts, their trade as well as the prospecting and processing of ancient geo-resources. 

General Information

The journal METALLA is published by the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (DBM, German Mining Museum), in addition to the journal Der Anschnitt (, the publication platform OMP and other print publications (

The METALLA has the International Standard Serial Number ISSN 0947-6229 and the Electronic International Standard Serial Number E-ISSN 2749-6430. From 2022, METALLA has moved to an open-access journal, where the printed version is still available for purchase. Submitted articles undergo a double-blind peer reviewing process. Accepted papers are published with platinum Open Access by Ruhr University Bochum, free for both reader and author and available from day one.