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Title: The Metallurgy of the Late Bronze Age Sapalli Culture (Southern Uzbekistan) and its implications for the 'tin question'
Author(s): KANIUTH, K.
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 42    Date: 2007   
Pages: 23-40
DOI: 10.2143/IA.42.0.2017869

Abstract :
This article summarizes current knowledge about the metallurgy of the Late Bronze Age Sapalli Culture (Northern Bactria) and discusses its implications for the ‘tin question’. It is suggested that tin was used in southern Central Asia predominantly to influence the visual appearance of copper objects. The Zerafshan ores, recently highlighted through current research, are not considered a likely source for the tin imported into Mesopotamia during the third and early second millennium BC.

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