Prehistoric Copper Mining in Europe: 5500-500 BC

Hardcover | December 15, 2014

byWilliam OBrien

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This volume examines prehistoric copper mining in Europe, from the first use of the metal eight thousand years ago in the Balkans to its widespread adoption during the Bronze Age. The history of research is examined, as is the survival of this mining archaeology in different geologicalsettings. There is information on the technological processes of mineral prospecting, ore extraction, and metal production, as well as the logistics and organization of this activity and its environmental impact. The analysis is broadened to consider the economic and societal context of prehistoriccopper mining and the nature of the distinctive communities involved.The study is based on a review of field data and research produced over many decades by the collaboration of archaeologists and geologists in a number of different countries, and covers such famous mining centres as the Mitterberg in Austria, Kargaly in Russia, the Great Orme in Wales, and those inCyprus, from where the name of this metal derives. These regional studies are brought together for the first time to present a remarkable story of human endeavour and innovation, which marks a new stage in the mastery of our natural resources.

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This volume examines prehistoric copper mining in Europe, from the first use of the metal eight thousand years ago in the Balkans to its widespread adoption during the Bronze Age. The history of research is examined, as is the survival of this mining archaeology in different geologicalsettings. There is information on the technological...

William O'Brien is Professor of Archaeology at University College Cork.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pagesPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199605653

ISBN - 13:9780199605651

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PrefaceList of IllustrationsList of Tables1. Europe: the Birthplace of Mining?2. South-east Europe3. Eastern and Central Mediterranean4. Iberia and the Western Mediterranean5. France and the Western Alps6. Northern Europe7. Central and Eastern Europe8. Technology and Work Practices9. Mining, Community, and Environment10. Mining, Economy, and SocietyReferencesIndex