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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BCCrossing the Divide$
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Tom Moore and Xosê-Lois Armada

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199567959.001.0001

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Approaches to Metalwork

Approaches to Metalwork

The Role of Technology in Tradition, Innovation, and Cultural Change

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(p.417) 18 Approaches to Metalwork
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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC
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Barbara R. Armbruster

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199567959.003.0018

This chapter analyses the relationship between technological change and change in cultural identity via a case study on late Bronze/early Iron Age Iberia. It shows that metal technology is a valuable source of information about the kind of changes caused by cultural interaction. The evidence presented demonstrates parallel development between the goldwork and the progressive cultural contact between Atlantic and eastern Mediterranean domains, which led first to transformations and adoption, and finally to a kind of metamorphosis. In this case study imports were not directly linked to the introduction of goods, but to the introduction of the ideas and knowledge of their makers. The processes of precious metalworking, briefly outlined in the case study of developments and changes in late Bronze Age/early Iron Age Iberian society, support the proposition that metal technology can reflect social factors in the past and can be seen as active material culture.

Keywords:   late Bronze Age, early Iron Age, Iberia, technological change, cultural identity, metal technology

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