Estudo arqueometalúrgico do conjunto metálico do sítio arqueológico de moinhos de golas (Montalegre, Norte de Portugal): primeiros resultados

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The present work presents the first results of a detailed archaeometallurgical study, still ongoing, on a group of metallic findings from Moinhos de Golas archaeological site (Montalegre, Portugal), generically attributed to the Protohistory, and previously presented in a paper dealing with its discovery (FONTE et al. 2013). The collection is composed by 35 objects, which include weapons, ornaments and tools, among other objects of a more difficult classification. The archaeometallurgical study involved X-ray radiography, elemental analysis by micro-EDXRF and microstructural observations by optical microscopy. The radiographies revealed some structural heterogeneities in some artefacts and the elemental analysis showed that most of the artefacts were produced in a binary bronze alloy (Cu-Sn), being others made in copper and brass. Microstructures associated with different manufacturing processes were observed, which may involve hammering and annealing cycles with or without finishing operations.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)59-66
JournalEstudos do Quaternário
Issue numberNA
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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