Treasure hunters in Switzerland have unearthed a hand-some artifact: The slightly smaller-than-life hand, crafted during the Bronze Age, is the oldest metal sculpture of a human body part in Europe, the archaeologists said. An ancient artisan placed a hollow socket at the bottom of the hand, a clue that the body part was once mounted on another object, such as a statue or a scepter, the archaeologists said. Treasure hunters armed with metal detectors made the handy discovery near Lake Biel in the Swiss canton province of Bern in October of The next day, the discoverers gave the hand, along with a bronze dagger and rib bone found with it, to the Archaeological Service of the Canton of Bern. The 5 Strangest Prosthetic Limbs ].
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Dating the End of the Greek Bronze Age: A Robust Radiocarbon-Based Chronology from Assiros Toumba
December 2, The new findings may help shed light on the origins and development of the earliest applications of Bronze Age technology. Dating, using ANSTO's precision techniques, was used to identify the age of seeds, slag, copper ore and charcoal at two sites. The findings show the material is up to years old, but that smelting was still being carried out as recently as years ago. The research indicates bronze production may have begun as early as BC and that the modern mine location - Baishantang at Dingxin - was possibly the historical source of copper ore for manufacturing. A photo of the study site is in the November issue of the journal Quaternary Research. The research used lead and strontium isotopic analysis to identify and age ornaments, knives, rings, hemispherical objects and spearheads.
Radiocarbon dating bronze
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All rights reserved. The bronze hand features a gold cuff, and was found in the 3,year-old burial of a man along with, from left, a bronze pin used to secure a cloak, fragments from the gold cuff, a bronze spiral hair ornament and a dagger. Swiss archaeologists recently announced the discovery of what they say is the earliest metal representation of a human body part ever found in Europe. The 3,year-old object is a hand, slightly smaller than life-sized, made of more than a pound of bronze. It has a cuff of gold foil glued to the wrist, and a socket inside that would have allowed it to be mounted on a stick or pole.