The bottom of the looted cauldron. Part I. Cover Image
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The bottom of the looted cauldron. Part I.
The bottom of the looted cauldron. Part I.

Author(s): János Gábor TARBAY, Zoltán Kis, Boglárka Maróti
Subject(s): Archaeology
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: Late Bronze Age–Early Iron Age; illicit antiquities trade; bronze metal sheet technology; round shield or cauldron; macro- and microscopic observations; Neutron and X-ray Radiography;

Summary/Abstract: The following study deals with a looted metal sheet artefact probably originating from the Balkan region. Our main goal is to give a preliminary technological characterization of the object by the aid of four different analytical methods (macro- and microscopic observations, Neutron and X-ray Radiography, X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy). Using these different techniques together allowed us to characterize this complex metal sheet object more precisely than it would have been possible by traditional archaeological methods. According to our results, it seems that the technological characters of the artefact (e.g. the manufacturing technology, decorations, repair marks) are very similar to the metal sheet cauldrons of the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age.

  • Issue Year: 68/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 219-240
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English