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The Time of Early Metalwork in Prehistoric Italy

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Project "TEMPI" data sheet

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Organization address
address: KINGS GATE
postcode: NE1 7RU

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2017-08-31


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 Project objective

The researcher is moving from Italy to the UK in order to build a new chronology and classification method for early metal artefacts (i.e. axes, daggers and halberds) from Italy, c.4500-2000 BC. The project aims will be achieved through a combination of radiocarbon dating and scientifically informed work on artefact classification criteria, which takes into account the technological transformation undergone by the objects during their life-cycles. The importance of the project is twofold: (a) this is the first time that a researcher develops a reflexive approach to metalwork classification, which explicitly takes into consideration forging, use and other post-casting alterations to the shape and features of objects; (b) it is also the first attempt ever made to ground the chronology of early Italian metalwork in a comprehensive set of radiocarbon dates. The significance of the project goes beyond Italian archaeology insofar as early Italian metals are typologically cross-linked to similar objects in Europe and the Mediterranean. It is thus anticipated that the project will bring about dramatic changes in our understanding of the chronology and developmental sequence of prehistoric metal technology across large swathes of Europe, with particular reference to central Europe, the western Balkans, Sardinia and Crete. Whilst working on the project, the researcher will acquire new expertise in metalwork use-wear analysis and Neutron Diffraction (ND) analysis, two cutting-edge techniques of artefact characterization. ND analysis will be deployed during a secondment at the ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Didcot, UK). The researcher will also develop new skills in radiocarbon dating, artefact classification and statistical analysis. Newcastle University, the host organisation, will in turn benefit from the researcher's expertise in Italian and European prehistory, with special regard to the technology of prehistoric bronzes.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Cristiano Iaia and Andrea Dolfini
A metallurgical hiatus in the southern Alps?
published pages: , ISSN: 0003-598X, DOI:
Antiquity Bimonthly 2019-07-23
2019 Cristiano Iaia and Andrea Dolfini
A new typo-chronological sequence for Early Italian metalworking (4500 – 2000 BC): insights from radiocarbon and wear analysis
published pages: , ISSN: 0079-4848, DOI:
Praehistorische Zeitschrift Biannual 2019-07-23
2018 Cristiano Iaia
From manufacturing techniques to use alterations: new wear analysis perspectives on Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic metalwork from Italy
published pages: , ISSN: 0305-4403, DOI:
Journal of Archaeological Science Monthly 2019-07-23
2018 Cristiano Iaia
Bridging typology and analytical methods: Wear Analysis of early prehistoricmetalwork from Italy
published pages: , ISSN: 0947-6229, DOI:
Metalla Biannual 2019-07-23
2019 Cristiano Iaia and Andrea Dolfini
Una nuova prospettiva sulla prima metallurgia italiana: riletture dei materiali e datazioni radiometriche
published pages: , ISSN: 0035-6514, DOI:
Rivista di Scienze Preistoriche Annual 2019-07-23

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