Journal article

Copper-base metallurgy in Late Iron Age Cambodia: Evidence from Lovea

TO Pryce, Dougald O'Reilly, Louise Shewan

Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports | Elsevier | Published : 2017


In this paper we present the study of the copper-base assemblage of the Late Iron Age (c. 100–400 BC/AD) moated site of Lovea in north-western Cambodia. Fourteen artefacts, approximately 20% of the metals assemblage, including bracelets, rings and earrings, were analysed for their elemental and lead isotopic composition, and these data compared with existing Southeast Asian archaeometallurgical databases. Results indicate the presence of bronze, leaded bronze, and possibly high-tin bronze alloys on-site. The unleaded-bronzes exhibit a strong consistency with the lead isotope signature of Sepon in central Laos, a major prehistoric copper production centre. We propose that the apparent presenc..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The excavation and study of Lovea was financed by a Discovery Project grant from the Australian Research Council (DP110101997). We would like to gratefully acknowledge the APSARA Authority, Robert Christie Research Centre, the participation and understanding of the people of Lovea, and our many colleagues, students and volunteers in the field.The Southeast Asian Lead Isotope Project was initiated, and this study performed, during Pryce's Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at the University of Oxford 2009-2012 and also supported by the British Academy and the Association of Southeast Asian Studies UK. Finally we wish to thank two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments.