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Authors: Niederschlag, E.
Pernicka, E.
Seifert, T.
Bartelheim, M.
Title: The determination of lead isotope ratios by multiple collector ICP-MS: a case study of early Bronze Age artefacts and their possible relation with ore deposits of the Erzgebirge
Date: 2003
Source: Archaeometry
DOI: 10.1111/1475-4754.00097
Abstract: Lead isotope analyses of Early Bronze Age metal artefacts from the Aunjetitz (Únĕtice) culture in central Germany and Bohemia were determined in order to find out whether they could be related to ore sources of the Erzgebirge. Historical mining began only in the 12th century ad, but despite the lack of convincing field evidence it has frequently been suspected that this region was already being exploited in prehistoric times. For the determination of the lead isotope ratios, the new technique of multiple collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) was employed, which combines relatively easy sample preparation with highly precise and accurate measurements. The results show that there is still no evidence for prehistoric mining in the Erzgebirge, but the Rammelsberg deposit in the Harz Mountains might have supplied some of the copper. Mining of stream tin in the Erzgebirge remains a possibility, but no positive evidence can be extracted from the data.
Date Created: 4/20/2012
Volume: 45
Number: 1
Page Start: 61
Page End: 100