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Authors: Chiou-Peng, Tzehuey
Title: Incipient metallurgy in Yunnan: new data for old debates
Date: 2009
Source: Metallurgy and civilisation: Eurasia and beyond
Place of Publication: London
Publisher: Archetype Publications Ltd.
Notes: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys (BUMA VI)
Abstract: This work examines issues regarding metal production and the making of artefacts in Yunnan around 1000 BCE. Perceptible signs of incipient copper-based metallurgical activities at late 2nd-millennium sites on the western fringes of the Yunnan plateau bear witness to the earlier stages of a full-blown metal tradition. Metallographic studies and compositional analysis of Yunnan artefats in conjunction with recent data from upper Jinsha sites suggest impetus from steppe-related cultures to the emergence of Yunnan metallurgy. Knowledge of metal technology, in turn, was disseminated through interconnected plains and river valleys, including those at the Yunnan-Guizhou borders near the course of the eastward-flowing Jinsha River. Rudimentary metal artefacts and slag discovered at sites around the eastern periphery of Yunnan and in the vicinities of Lake Dian also point to the possible existence of a locally based pre-Dian substratum, which could have taken shape at the beginning of the 1st millennium BCE, evolving as part of Jinsha-derived development.
Identifier: 978-1-904982-49-4
Date Created: 10/9/2013
Editors: Mei, Jianjun
Rehren, Thilo
Page Start: 79
Page End: 84