Bari: Edipuglia, 2011. First Edition. Large quarto; 405pp. Fine copy in color illustrated paperback in English and IItalian. Large volume will require extra priority or foreign shipping. Item #19823
The volume collects the contributions on archeometallurgy presented at the 2006 workshop together with further study essays that provide a more complete picture of the knowledge of these important testimonies of the past, directly connected with cultural, economic and technological aspects. Organized in six sections with a multidisciplinary approach and according to a chronological order that starts from prehistory and reaches the contemporary age, enriched in the final part by an archaeometallurgical dictionary with technical terms in Italian and English. In prehistoric and protohistoric metallurgy , the productive movements of the origins and the developments in the copper, bronze and iron age in Puglia and southern Italy are illustrated with particular reference to the settlements present on some islands (Pantelleria, Vivara), in Greece, the Near East, the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal and the Celtic Central Europe. The topics of Greek, Roman and medieval metallurgy constitute the second section of the book. The Hellenistic casting materials, the distribution of the production centers of the Roman and late antique period in Milan and in the hinterland as well as in southern Italy ( Campania , Apulia and Calabria , Lucania et Brutii ) are illustrated together with the analysis of silver pottery. and bronze of the Vesuvian territory. To these Italic scenarios are added those on the steel evidence found in a Catalan village of the first century. BC (Casserres, Barcelona) while the study on the use of metal chains in vaulted systems of the Roman age serves as a passage for contributions on medieval metallurgy (Elba and Terra d'Otranto). Some typologies of archaeological evidences allow to frame the phase of The exploitation of the metal deposits (section III) in particular for some locations of northern Italy and southern Etruria in addition to those of the extraction of copper in Calabria, of bauxites in Salento. The topics related to the scientific research technologies are collected in Section IV with the iron working processes between the ancient and the modern world and the application of the laser technique on some slag samples in order to identify the composition of the finds. An integrated study from the point of view of diagnostics and restoration starts from the analysis of the graphic restitution techniques of metal finds and goes specifically to examine the fuel found in late antiquities in Lecce up to understanding the restoration procedures applied to manufactures of the XV-XVIII century. The last two sections (V and VI) show the research developed on the potential of fruition through teaching and the description of activities carried out in parks and museums , such as for example those of the Archéodrome of Beaune (Bourgogne), Val di Cornia and Colline Metallifere or through documentary films on the artisanal persistence in metalworking and, finally, the experimental archeology projects and ethno - archeology studies. (Publisher).