Volume 12, Number 24
11 April 2006

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New Joint Research Project Reveals Metalworking Mysteries of Anatolia’s Bronze Age Hatti Folk

Equipment available in the Bilkent Department of Chemistry and the research facilities in Sarayköy can determine the chemical composition of metals and minerals through the use of X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence. These techniques are being applied to reveal, for example, the alloys used for making ancient metal items like jewelry, tools and weapons.

The first results have already produced fascinating insights into the different types of metals used, and have shed new light on hotly debated
questions like sources for the Early Bronze Age Anatolian raw materials, and trade connections from the Caucasus to the Taurus region in the late third millennium B.C.

This project is related to ongoing analysis of the Early Bronze Age settlement of Kalinkaya in the Çorum district by Dr. Zimmermann, who is receiving support for this work through a Bilkent Research Development Grant.


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