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The Archaeometallurgy of the Asian Old World (review)

The Archaeometallurgy of the Asian Old World (review) 310 asian perspectives 40 (2) fall 2001 . . TheArchaeometallurgy of the Asian Old World.Vincent C. Piggott,ed. University Museum Publications, Philadelphia PA, 1999. vi þ 210 pp.; 39 figs. ISBN 0-924171-34-0, ISSN 1048-5325. $42.00 Cloth. Reviewed by Peter Northover, Oxford University This compilation is based on the proceed- relevance throughout the Asian Old World. ings of ‘‘The 4th usa-ussr Archaeological With a background in physical metallurgy, Exchange Symposium: The Development my main concern is how the authors ex- of Ancient Metallurgy in the Old World,’’ plore how the knowledge and exploitation held in Tbilisi and Signakhi, Republic of of metal properties developed; issues of Georgia, 27 September–8 October 1988. It provenance and trade in this region, al- has had a long gestation, as described by though important, are still hemmed in by the editor in his introductory comments. limited analytical and archaeological data. It finally contains six papers on archaeo- How are the metallurgical data mar- metallurgy presented by U.S. participants, shalled in support of the arguments? One together with an invited paper on copper- can almost say that the data are not pre- based metallurgy in South Asia, and an En- sented. A volume like this is not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

The Archaeometallurgy of the Asian Old World (review)

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310 asian perspectives 40 (2) fall 2001 . . TheArchaeometallurgy of the Asian Old World.Vincent C. Piggott,ed. University Museum Publications, Philadelphia PA, 1999. vi þ 210 pp.; 39 figs. ISBN 0-924171-34-0, ISSN 1048-5325. $42.00 Cloth. Reviewed by Peter Northover, Oxford University This compilation is based on the proceed- relevance throughout the Asian Old World. ings of ‘‘The 4th usa-ussr Archaeological With a background in physical metallurgy, Exchange Symposium: The Development my main concern is how the authors ex- of Ancient Metallurgy in the Old World,’’ plore how the knowledge and exploitation held in Tbilisi and Signakhi, Republic of of metal properties developed; issues of Georgia, 27 September–8 October 1988. It provenance and trade in this region, al- has had a long gestation, as described by though important, are still hemmed in by the editor in his introductory comments. limited analytical and archaeological data. It finally contains six papers on archaeo- How are the metallurgical data mar- metallurgy presented by U.S. participants, shalled in support of the arguments? One together with an invited paper on copper- can almost say that the data are not pre- based metallurgy in South Asia, and an En- sented. A volume like this is not

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Asian PerspectivesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Nov 1, 2001

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