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.

  • Archaeometallurgy and multi-disciplinary teaching (Issue 24.1)

    Archaeometallurgy and multi-disciplinary teaching (Issue 24.1)

    SEM-EDS analysis of furnace material connected to lead-silver metallurgy found during the excavation of the medieval monastery of San Tommaso, Pavia. The contribution of Anguilano et al. explores both theory and praxis in multi-disciplinary teaching. Photo: L. Anguilano.


  • Copper alloys from Iron Age central Europe (Issue 24.1)

    Copper alloys from Iron Age central Europe (Issue 24.1)

    Detail of a selection of finds from Třísov, an Iron Age oppidum in the Czech Republic. Metal objects such as these have been subjected to geochemical analysis, and conclusions regarding the metal supply at this settlement are presented by Danielisová, et al. Photo: A. Danielisová.

  • Middle Bronze Age daggers from Israel (Issue 24.1)

    Middle Bronze Age daggers from Israel (Issue 24.1)

    Detail of an elaborately decorated multi-ribbed dagger from a Middle Bronze Age II burial at Rishon le-Zion, Israel. This and other examples of MBA II daggers from burials from this site have been analyzed non-destructively to discuss the interrelationship of form and alloy and to gain information about technology and the supply of raw materials. See contribution by Kan-Cipor-Meron, et al. Photo courtesy of the Israeli Antiquity Authority.


  • Publishing and Identity in Archaeometallurgy (Issue 24.1)

    Publishing and Identity in Archaeometallurgy (Issue 24.1)

    A cluttered office desk is commonplace in many professions. Archaeometallurgy is no exception. Writing and desk-based research belong to the daily life of archaeometallurgists, regardless of background, scientific training or career stage. The article of Sabatini and Mödlinger presents and discusses the results of an anonymous survey among archaeometallurgists that explores many aspects of this scientifically and socially diverse field. Photo: Mödlinger.


  • Roman lead and the metallo Messallini (Issue 24.1)

    Roman lead and the metallo Messallini (Issue 24.1)

    Sampling of numerous Roman lead ingots has been carried out during the Corpus of Roman Lead Ingots (CRLI)-project. The present work discusses the analysis and historical context surrounding a special ingot with the inscription metallo Messallini. The contribution of Rothenhöfer, Bode and Hanel shows how the convergence of natural science, ancient history and archaeology can create a new and deeper understanding of past events. Photo: Rothenhöfer.


Ordering Print Copies

To order the current issue please contact Stephen Merkel or Ingolf Löffler. Single issues can be ordered for 20€, which includes the postage and handling. For past issues, please contact them as well.

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