A chalcolithic error: Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009

Christopher P. Thornton, Jonathan M. Golden, David J Killick, Vincent C. Pigott, Thilo H. Rehren, Benjamin W. Roberts

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Abstract

In the October 2009 issue of the AJA, Amzallag published a hypothesis for the origins and spread of furnacebased 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-315
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Archaeology
Volume114
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010

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Thornton, C. P., Golden, J. M., Killick, D. J., Pigott, V. C., Rehren, T. H., & Roberts, B. W. (2010). A chalcolithic error: Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009. American Journal of Archaeology, 114(2), 305-315.

A chalcolithic error : Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009. / Thornton, Christopher P.; Golden, Jonathan M.; Killick, David J; Pigott, Vincent C.; Rehren, Thilo H.; Roberts, Benjamin W.

In: American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 114, No. 2, 04.2010, p. 305-315.

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Thornton, CP, Golden, JM, Killick, DJ, Pigott, VC, Rehren, TH & Roberts, BW 2010, 'A chalcolithic error: Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009', American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 114, no. 2, pp. 305-315.
Thornton CP, Golden JM, Killick DJ, Pigott VC, Rehren TH, Roberts BW. A chalcolithic error: Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009. American Journal of Archaeology. 2010 Apr;114(2):305-315.
Thornton, Christopher P. ; Golden, Jonathan M. ; Killick, David J ; Pigott, Vincent C. ; Rehren, Thilo H. ; Roberts, Benjamin W. / A chalcolithic error : Rebuttal to Amzallag 2009. In: American Journal of Archaeology. 2010 ; Vol. 114, No. 2. pp. 305-315.
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