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Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Xiaopan Fan,
Di Mu,
Jun Yi,
Hongmin Wang,
Wugan Luo
Title: Sourcing copper ores for produciton of bronzes excavated at Shuangyantangm a western Zhou (1046-771 BC) site in Chonqing (Southwest China): evidence from lead isotope analysis
Date: 2016
Source: Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences
Abstract: Energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) and lead isotope analyses were applied to 12 Western Zhou (1046–771 bc) bronzes unearthed from the Shuangyantang site in Wushan County, Chongqing (southwest China), to investigate their chemical compositions and possible mineral source(s). The results showed that (1) the investigated bronzes were mostly bronzes with low, common lead and (2) their lead isotopic values almost all fall into a relatively narrow range, suggesting possibly the use of raw materials from a common copper mine. The comparison between lead isotopic values for Shuangyantang bronzes and those already published for copper mines and other bronzes produced and used about at the same times leads us to believe that the Shuangyantang bronzes probably used the same copper ores as used in bronzes from the Peng and Jin states in Shanxi Province. However, it would not be possible at this point to come up with a clear idea of where exactly these copper ores may come from. Candidate copper mines might be the Tonglvshan mines in Hubei Province, the Zhongtiaoshan mines in Shanxi Province, or the Dajing copper mines in Inner Mongolia.
Date Created: 4/11/2018
Volume: 8
Number: 1
Page Start: 197
Page End: 204