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Vol. 26 No. 2 (2022): METALLA
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The paper of Bettenay is dealing with the geological characteristics, mining parameters, documented historical mining rates and workforce considerations to discuss production estimates for the Early Medieval silver production at Melle, France.

The research of Heil, et al. provides insight into the archaeometallurgical remains from period VII (3900-3400 BC) of the settlement of Arslantepe (Malatya, Turkey). It aims at compiling early metallurgy through interdisciplinary scientific analysis in order to reconstruct the provenances of raw materials and deal with trade networks.

The present work of Hauptmann, et al. discusses the analyses of archaeometallurgical finds from Arslantepe VI B2 (c. 3100-2800 BC) and observations and geoscientific analyses of ores and ore deposits in East Anatolia, which are connected with this site. Furthermore, the function and technology of Early Bronze Age crucible smelting in a small scale domestic mode of production are discussed.

The contribution of Lamprecht, et al. presents the investigation of stone tools collected at prehistoric mining sites of Kitzbühel-Jochberg and Schwaz-Brixlegg in Northern Tyrol, from the late Middle Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age (1300-700 BC). The discussion focusses on their typology, material properties and the problem of terminology.

Published: 2022-08-15
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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.