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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.





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



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.