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A Chalcolithic Error: Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009

April 2010 (114.2)

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A Chalcolithic Error: Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009

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In the October 2009 issue of the AJA, Amzallag published a hypothesis for the origins and spread of furnace-based metallurgy in the Old World (“From Metallurgy to Bronze Age Civilizations: The Synthetic Theory,” AJA [2009] 497–519). Amzallag’s paper is rife with misunderstandings of both an archaeological and a technical nature, leading to a skewed vision of early metallurgical development. In this rebuttal, we seek to correct some of the more egregious errors in his article and provide a counterargument for the origins of copper-based metallurgy in the Old World.

A Chalcolithic Error: Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009

By C.P. Thornton, J.M. Golden, D.J. Killick, V.C. Pigott, T.H. Rehren, and B.W. Roberts

American Journal of Archaeology Vol. 114, No. 2 (April 2010), pp. 305–315

DOI: 10.3764/aja.114.2.305

© 2010 Archaeological Institute of America

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