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In antiquity, lead played an important role both for the military and general public. Building construction, in particular, consumed large amounts of this metal. Nevertheless, the supply sources for lead during the Roman Imperial period have not been satisfactorily accounted for. The following...
This paper reviews the research into the methodology of lead isotope provenance studies carried out at the University of Oxford between 1975 and 2002, at first in the Department of Geology (Geological Age and Isotope Research Laboratory), later in the Isotrace Laboratory based in the Department...
The Saint-Blaise/Bains des Dames stratified site in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, contains several occupations that span the Late through Final Neolithic, including the Horgen, Lüscherz, and Auvernier-Cordé periods. As part of a study on prehistoric metallurgy in western Switzerland, we compare the...
Pb isotopic analyses on metal artifacts help constrain their provenance. Useful and reliable data require analytical protocols that ensure accuracy and monitor precision. The interpretation can sometimes be ambiguous because natural ore deposits frequently have overlapping Pb isotopic...
This paper discusses the results of a study of the exploitation history of the metallogenic region of the Wallis, Switzerland. Periods of exploitation in this mining district are determined by comparisons of the lead isotope fingerprint of the mines with those of dated artefacts presumed to have...
In early Roman times, iron was likely supplied to the city of Sagalassos through the smelting of close-by hematite ores. In the early Byzantine period, magnetite–titanite placer sands in some instances could have been exploited for its iron. For the intermediate late Roman period, however, the...
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