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H 290 x W 205 mm

520 pages

290 figures (244 plates in colour)

Published Nov 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789690194

Digital: 9781789690200

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Nordic Bronze Age; bronze ornaments; metalcraft; metallography; craftsman’s habitus; skill; craft organisation

Bronze Age Metalwork: Techniques and traditions in the Nordic Bronze Age 1500-1100 BC

By Heide W. Nørgaard

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Bronze ornaments of the Nordic Bronze Age were elaborate objects that served as status symbols to communicate social hierarchy. An interdisciplinary investigation of the artefacts (dating from 1500-1100 BC) was adopted to elucidate their manufacture and origin, resulting in new insights into metal craft in northern Europe during the Bronze Age.



Preface; Introduction; Part 1 Material culture: Chapter 1: The examined material culture; Chapter 2: Presentation and Interpretation of the Examined Material Culture; Chapter 3: Archaeological residues of metalcraft within the Nordic Bronze Age; Part 2 Archaeological and Scientific Investigation: Chapter 1: Bronze Age Metalwork of NBA II/III in Northern Europe; Chapter 2: Bronze Age craftsmanship: a research history; Chapter 3: Experimental and ethnological research; Chapter 4: The Difference within metalworking techniques; Chapter 5: Casting techniques and casting moulds; Chapter 6: Crafting traces and crafting sequences; Chapter 7: Archaeometallurgical investigations; Chapter 8: It starts with the model – results of the craft-technical investigation; Part 3 Metalcraft in a theoretical light: Chapter 1: Theoretical approaches to craft in prehistoric times: a research History; Chapter 2: The craftsperson’s habitus; Chapter 3: Technological choices; Chapter 4: Apprenticeship and Bronze Age craft; Chapter 5: A new approach to the study of craft in prehistoric times; Part 4 Metalwork within the Nordic Bronze Age: Conclusion and Discussion: Chapter 1: Pattern of regional behaviour; Chapter 2: Traces of individual behaviour; Chapter 3: Traces of interaction groups of craftspeople – Traces of the analytical workshop; Chapter 4: The organisation of craft in the Nordic Bronze Age; Bibliography; Catalogue; Table 1: Morphological data; Table 2: Skill and production units; Table 3: Metal analysis

About the Author

HEIDE W. NØRGAARD is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where she graduated and received her PhD in 2014. With the background as an educated goldsmith, she is working with metal artefacts trying to solve craft technical problems from the Bronze to the early Iron Ages in Northern Europe. Heide W. Nørgaard is currently working on reconstructing the earliest metal trading routes towards Scandinavia, based on over 500 lead isotope analysis of the first half of the 2nd millennium BC.