Bronze Age Sardinia Shows Its Metal
More than 7,000 skillfully engineered stone towers and numerous surrounding villages dot the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. These sites, built between about 1800 B.C. and 800 B.C. by members of the Nuragic culture, have yielded a variety of copper, bronze, lead, and iron artifacts. Archaeologists have now uncovered the first extensive evidence for a sophisticated metalworking facility at a Nuragic settlement.
"The existence of a true metal workshop provides convincing proof that the Nuragic people employed advanced metallurgical technologies in Late Bronze Age Sardinia;' the researchers assert. Lenore J. Gallin of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Robert H. Tykot of Harvard University describe their find in the fail JOURNAL OF FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY.
From 1986 to 1989, Gallin directed excavations at a Nuragic site that consists of a central tower, at least three associated towers, and a large surrounding village enclosed by a stone wall. She and her co-workers uncovered metal slag (waste produced during metal smelting), terra-cotta crucibles containing residues of molten metal, a lead ingot, lead scrap, and more than 200 copper-based artifacts. …