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H 245 x W 175 mm

370 pages

92 black & white figures, 8 colour figures, 53 tables

Published Jun 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789691566

Digital: 9781789691573

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brass; history; archaeology; artefacts; metallurgy; trade; industry; sociology; economics; politics

Brass from the Past

Brass made, used and traded from prehistoric times to 1800

By Vanda Morton

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Brass from the Past follows the evolution of brass from its earliest forms around 2500 BC through to industrialised production in the eighteenth century, telling the story in the context of the people, economies, cultures, trade and technologies that have themselves defined the alloy and its spread around the world.



Chapter 1 Experiment and emergence

Chapter 2 Medieval Europe and far beyond

Chapter 3 The Sacred and the Salesmen

Chapter 4 Age of Discovery

Chapter 5 Merchants and migrants

Chapter 6 Continuity and conflict in Europe

Chapter 7 Trade and technology

Chapter 8 The turning tide



Appendix Metallurgical tables (online)


About the Author

Vanda Morton MA PhD is based in Oxford and offers an authoritative voice on the history and archaeology of brass. Her research has involved metallurgical research, fieldwork and international networking.

She draws on interpersonal skills developed early in her professional life in psychiatric healthcare, and on illustrating skills acquired during her later occupation in graphic design which culminated in an academic career in archaeology. Her international research has taken her to muddy fields, mountains, forests, and rushing streams, and into homes, castles, laboratories and museums. These adventures have exploited her enthusiasm for foreign languages, love of walking, and joy at meeting the many and various people who have introduced her to different cultures, sites and archaeological treasures.