Vol. 26 No. 2 (2022)

    Newly accepted contributions will be added to the new issue on an ongoing basis.

    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.

    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 (2020)

    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. 11 (2021)

    The Sonderheft 11 presents the research results summarised into abstracts from the annual conference „Archäometrie und Denkmalpflege“. The virtual conference took place from 17.-19.03.2021 and was supported by the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum (DBM, organiser), the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM) and the Deutschen Mineralogischen Gesellschaft (DMG).

    At the conference, a wide variety of topics and foci were presented and discussed during more than 36 lectures, through 13 posters slam presentations and in discussion forums from all fields of archaeometry. The main topics (conference sessions) are grouped and summarised under the topics Metals, Metallurgy / Glass, Glazes, Enamel / Ceramics / Organics, Biomineralization / Pigments, Painting / Methods / Restoration, Conservation, Cultural Heritage Preservation / Stone, Building Materials.

    The abstracts are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND4.0).

  • METALLA Sonderheft
    No. 10 (2020)

    The results of the conference "Resources and Transformation in Pre-modern Societies" have been published in the 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 Universität 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.

    Vol. 25 No. 1 (2019)

    The article of Terekhova and Zavyalov focuses on the development of medieval ferrous metallurgy in Ryzan Principality (Ancient Rus’). The presented investigation localized a rural metallurgical complex that supported the handicraft production of the Principality. 

    The contribution of Cucini deals with the metallurgical activities in the Celtic Metalworkers’ District of Mediolanum. For this study, the remains of 23 metallurgical workshops, which were in operation both before and during Romanisation, were investigated. 

    The contribution of Schorpp, et al. discusses the glass induced metal corrosion on several finds in the collection of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum. This phenomenon occurs together with humidity and oxygen from the air. Electrolytes that form during glass decay can induce the corrosion.

  • METALLA Sonderheft
    No. 9 (2019)

    The Sonderheft 9 presents the research results summarised into abstracts from the annual conference „Archäometrie und Denkmalpflege“ at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, from 11.09.-14.09.2019.

    At the conference, a wide variety of topics and focal points were again presented and discussed during the more than 35 lectures and about 28 posters from all areas of archaeometry. In the special issue, these are grouped and summarised under the topics General, Methods / Stone / Pigments / Conservation, Restoration / Glass / Ceramics / Biomaterials and Metal.

    The abstracts are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND4.0).

    Vol. 24 No. 2 (2018)

    The contribution of Nessel, et al. focuses on the investigation of tin isotopic data of bronzes from the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC from Central and Southeastern Europe the Aegean and Mesopotamia. The presented analyses indicate a possible reorientation of exchange routes in Europe during the 2nd millennium BC. 

    The article of Pernicka discusses the weighting of different methods of investigation using the example of gold finds from Bernstorf when the results of scientific investigations do not agree with the expected archaeological results.

    The contribution of Pearce discusses the negative consequences of the current popularity of pXRF analysis for copper-based alloys. He points out various misunderstandings by archaeologists material scientists and curators of the nature and significance of pXRF. 

    The article of Stöllner points out, by discussing various deposits and mining districts, that it requires a holistic approach to understand the ancient use of mineral deposits, as well as a broad vision and a close and respectful cooperation of all involved disciplines.