Gold Bulletin

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 136–143 | Cite as

Gold-working in Ancient America

  • Warwick Bray
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European observers of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were impressed by both the aesthetic sensitivity and the technical virtuosity of native American goldsmiths. By examining early Spanish descriptions in the light of modern scientific and technical knowledge, a surprisingly detailed picture of aboriginal gold technology can be built up.


Peru Colombia Ecuador Sixteenth Century Pure Gold 
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© World Gold Council 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Warwick Bray
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity of LondonEngland

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