, Volume 40, Issue 6, pp 52–53 | Cite as

Iron Production in Prehistoric Europe

  • Michael N. Geselowitz
Feature Archaeometallurgy


Over the last twenty years, there has been a discernable increase in the number of scholars who have focused their research on metal production, working and use in antiquity, a field of study which has come to be known as Archaeometallurgy. Materials scientists and conservators have worked primarily in the laboratory while archaeologists have conducted fieldwork geared to the study of metal technology in a cultural context with laboratory analysis as one portion of the interpretive program.


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    The information in this section briefly summarizes our knowledge of later prehistoric central Europe. For more detail and a thorough bibliography, the interested reader is referred to P.S. Wells, Farms, Villages, and Cities (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984).Google Scholar
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    M.N. Geselowitz, “The Role of Iron Production in the Formation of an Iron Age Economy’ in Central Europe,” Research in Economic Anthropology 10 (in press).Google Scholar
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    M.N. Geselowitz, “Technological Development and Social Change: Iron working in Late Prehistoric Central Europe,” (Ph.D. Thesis, Harvard University, 1987), University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, MI.Google Scholar
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    R. Pleiner, “Uber das Eisens der Bronzezeit,” Veröffenlichungen des Museums für Ur- und Frühgeschichte Potsdam, 20 (1986), pp. 237–240.Google Scholar
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    R. Pleiner, “Early Iron Metallurgy in Europe,” The Coming of the Age of Iron, ed. T.A. Wertime and J.D. Muhly (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980), p. 104, Table 11.4.Google Scholar

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© TMS 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael N. Geselowitz
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  1. 1.Peabody MuseumHarvard UniversityUSA

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