Alistair Pike Mike Cowell John Curtis


As part of a program of analyses of Caucasian metalwork in the British Museum, a group of five Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age Koban ornamental copper-alloy objects were analysed using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. They were found to contain high Ievels of antimony, but had relatively Iow arsenic, nickel and silver contents. This differs from some other occurrences of antimony bronze which are highly polymetallic in character and are believed to have been obtained from secondary enriched fahlerz. lt is concluded therefore that Koban antimony bronze was made either from the co-smelting of relatively pure antimony and copper ores, or from the addition to copper of metallic antimony.


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The use of antimony bronze in the Koban culture. (2022). Historical Metallurgy, 30(1), 11-16.