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Bronze Age metalworking in the Netherlands (c.2000-800 B.C.)
Sidestone Press releases new award-winning book on Dutch Bronze Age metalworking
Maikel H.G. Kuijpers recently graduated (University of Leiden) on his excellent
thesis on Bronze Age metalworking. For his thesis he has been awarded with the
biannual W.A. van Es-prize 2008 for the best Dutch archaeological MA thesis. His
thesis “Bronze Age Metalworking in the Netherlands (c. 2000-800 B.C.)” has now
been published by Sidestone Press.
Almost fifty years ago J.J. Butler started his research to trace the possible
remains of a Bronze Age metalworkers workshop in the Netherlands. Yet, while
metalworking has been deduced on the ground of the existence regional types of
axes and some scarce finds related to metalworking, the production locus of the
smith has remained elusive. In his thesis Kuijpers tries to tackle this problem.
By considering both the social as well as the technological aspects of
metalworking he is able to determine conclusively whether metalworking took
place in the Netherlands or not.
The first part of the thesis revolves around the social position of the smith
and the social organization of metalworking. His approach entailed a
re-evaluation of the current theories on metalworking, which is believed to be
unfounded and one-sided. They tend to disregard production of everyday objects
of which the most prominent example is the axe.
The second part deals with the technological aspects of metalworking and how
these processes are manifested in the archaeological record. Based on evidence
from archaeological sites elsewhere in Europe and with the aid of experimental
archaeology a metalworking toolkit is constructed. Finally, a method is
presented which might help archaeologists recognize the production locus of a
Bronze Age smith.
Bronze Age metalworking in the Netherlands (c.2000-800BC)
Type of Publication: Mphil thesis (University of Leiden, the Netherlands )
Number of pages: 176
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