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Miners and mining in the Late Bronze Age : a multidisciplinary study from Austria

Schibler, Joerg and Breitenlechner, Elisabeth and Deschler-Erb, Sabine and Goldenberg, Gert and Hanke, Klaus and Hiebel, Gerald and Plogmann, Heidemarie Huester and Nicolussi, Kurt and Marti-Graedel, Elisabeth and Pichler, Sandra and Schmidl, Alexandra and Schwarz, Stefan and Stopp, Barbara and Oeggl, Klaus. (2011) Miners and mining in the Late Bronze Age : a multidisciplinary study from Austria. Antiquity, 85 (330). pp. 1259-1278.

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Abstract

The extraction and processing of metal ores, particularly those of copper and tin, are regarded as among the principal motors of Bronze Age society. The skills and risks of mining lie behind the weapons, tools and symbols that drove political and ideological change. But we hear much less about the miners themselves and their position in society. Who were these people? Were they rich and special, or expendable members of a hardpressed workforce? In this study the spotlight moves from the adits, slags and furnaces to the bones and seeds, providing a sketch of dedicated prehistoric labourers in their habitat. The Mauken miners were largely dependent on imported meat and cereals, and scarcely hunted or foraged the resources of the local forest. They seem to be the servants of a command economy, encouraged to keep their minds on the job.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Prähistorische und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (IPNA) > Archäozoologie (Schibler)
UniBasel Contributors:Stopp, Barbara and Deschler-Erb, Sabine and Marti-Grädel, Elisabeth and Schibler, Jörg M. and Hüster Plogmann, Heidemarie and Pichler, Sandra L
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Antiquity Publications
ISSN:0003-598X
e-ISSN:1745-1744
Note:Note: Zugleich als Sonderdruck erschienen -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:05 Oct 2017 07:33
Deposited On:07 Aug 2015 12:06

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