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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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
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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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.