Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant
Chapter: 50. What is ArchaeoMetallurgy?
If you had to choose which period you’d prefer to live in, would you go for the Stone Age, Bronze Age, or Iron Age? Indeed, periodization in archaeology is based on these technological developments and obviously, the introduction of metals resulted in a giant leap forward for human-kind. Archaeometallurgists study both the process of production from raw materials to the end products, and do so within the broader cultural context that is imperative for creating a deeper understanding of the past.