About the Journal

The journal METALLA gets its name from the Latin and Greek term referring to metals, minerals and mining, and since 1994 it has been an outlet for scientific research on the subjects of mining archaeology, metallurgy, conservation science and historic preservation.

METALLA has been redesigned in 2016 to be a peer-reviewed biannual English language journal focusing on archaeometallurgy, mining archaeology and archaeometry relating broadly to mining, production, trade, and conservation of metals and georesources. The goals of the journal are to explore human interaction with georesources in the past, technological and economic development due to the extraction and utilization of these resources, and the methods of preserving and documenting the material remains that testify to these interactions and developments.

A primary aim of the journal is to open communication among the fields of geosciences, mining archaeology and archaeometry to encourage cooperation in the study of ancient resource procurement and use. METALLA is forum where new analytical results can be presented and discussed, particularly regarding technical, technological, geochemical and provenance studies.

  • Holistic Approach to Mining and Archaeometallurgy (Issue 24.2)

    Holistic Approach to Mining and Archaeometallurgy (Issue 24.2)

    Intergrowths of ores: 1: polymineralic ore from mining district Janjevo, Kosovo. 2: ore of rich chalcocite/bornite from the copper district Oberhalbstein CH, Cotschens. 3: ore of hypide-idiomorphe pyrite from Oberhalbstein CH, Crap Fess. 4: pyrite, already removed by chalcopyrite, Oberhalbstein CH, Avagna‐Ochsenalp. The article of Stöllner points out, by discussing various deposits and mining districts, that a holistic approach is required to understand the ancient use of mineral deposits, as well as a broad vision and a close and respectful coexistence of all involved disciplines. Photo: DBM, K. Westner (1), L. Reitmaier-Naef (2-4).

  • Portable X-Ray Fluorescence: A Curse or Blessing (Issue 24.2)

    Portable X-Ray Fluorescence: A Curse or Blessing (Issue 24.2)

    Portable X-ray fluorescence is a versatile instrument and is now a mainstay in the archaeometallurgist’s toolkit. The contribution of Pearce discusses the negative consequences of the current popularity of pXRF analysis. He points out various misunderstandings by archaeologists and curators of the nature and significance of pXRF and illustrates the misunderstandings that exist between material scientists and archaeologists. Photo: J. Kershaw.

  • The Bernstorf Gold– A Discourse (Issue 24.2)

    The Bernstorf Gold– A Discourse (Issue 24.2)

    The gold finds from Bernstorf (copies) were found near a Late Bronze Age structure at the hamlet of Bernstorf, Lkr. Freising, in Bavaria. The contribution of Pernicka discusses the weighting of different methods of investigation using the example of gold finds from Bernstorf, if the results of scientific investigations do not agree with the expected archaeological results. Photo: E. Pernicka.

  • Tin Isotopy in Bronze Age Eurasia (Issue 24.2)

    Tin Isotopy in Bronze Age Eurasia (Issue 24.2)

    Cassiterite crystal from Brittany, Geological Collection, University of Heidelberg. The contribution of Nessel, et al. focuses the investigation on tin isotopic data of bronzes from the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC from Central and Southeastern Europe as well as the Aegean and Mesopotamia. The 2nd millennium bronzes show in general a different isotopic composition than those of the 3rd millennium, and the presented analyses indicate a possible reorientation of exchange routes in Europe during the 2nd millennium BC. Photo: B. Nessel.


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