Vol. 26 No. 1 (2022)

    The research by Guerra and Tissot provides further insight into the use of native gold and intentional gold alloys during the Bronze Age in Northwest Portugal. The results obtained show that from the Middle Bronze Age onwards gold containing 8-11 wt.% silver is used. 

    The article of Bente, et al. represents the results of the investigation of eight late medieval to early modern red beads from a cesspit of the “Fronerei auf dem Schrangen” in Lübeck, Germany. The study provides general criteria for the determination of corallium rubrum. 

    The article by Cucini and Tizzoni discusses the spread of the blast furnace in some parts of Europe in connection with the migration of miners, iron masters, charcoal burners and entrepreneurs from the Alpine valleys of the Lombard Iron Basin (now provinces Bergamo and Brescia, Italy). 

    Vol. 25 No. 2 (2019)

    The article of Rose, Henning and Klein describes the experimental archaeological approach to explore the fractionation of copper isotopes during smelting. The smelting experiments based on archaeological evidence from the Eastern Alps and ethnographic examples from Nepal.

    The contribution of Stöllner and Gontscharov discusses the Bronze Age metal evidence in Central Asia based on a vast study of metals of from Kazakhstan to gain a better understanding about the Chernykh Model of the West-Asian-Metallurgical Province (WAMP). 

    The article by Chugarev, Merkel and Zaytseva represents the results of the first lead isotope investigation in this period and area. Thirty-eight non-ferrous artefacts from medieval rural sites of the Suzdal region (Kievan Rus') were characterised isotopically and elementally. 


  • METALLA Sonderheft
    No. 10 (2020)

    The results of the conference "Resources and Transformation in Pre-modern Societies" have been published in the new METALLA Sonderheft 10. The conference has taken place online on various dates in November, December 2020 and January 2021.

    The publication is part of the “Resources in Societies” project of the Leibniz PostDoc School. (ReSoc). ReSoc is a cooperation project between the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (DBM), the Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB) and the FernUniversität in Hagen (FUH).

    The published abstracts deal with resource-based change processes on a theoretical and empirical basis in order analyse the embeddedness of social institutions and their resource-driven behaviour. This approach aims at a multivocal perspective, in which the entanglement of humans with their materialised environment becomes apparent through various practices. This includes how social institutions emerge and change through such processes in different times and eras.

    The main topics (conference sessions) of the published abstracts dealing with:

    Life Worlds in Resource Landscapes
    Skill, Embodiment and the Growth of Knowledge
    Resources and Complex Systems