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Castro Culture gold objects from the archaeological museum of Asturias (Oviedo): an approach to their archaeometric characterization and to the complexities of their study

Trabajos de Prehistoria. 2020;77(1):163-183 DOI 10.3989/tp.2020.12252


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Journal Title: Trabajos de Prehistoria

ISSN: 0082-5638 (Print); 1988-3218 (Online)

Publisher: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

LCC Subject Category: Auxiliary sciences of history: Archaeology

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Spanish, French, English

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Óscar García-Vuelta (Instituto de Historia (CSIC).)

Ignacio Montero Ruiz (Instituto de Historia (CSIC).)

Ángel Villa Valdés (Museo Arqueológico de Asturias)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 48 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

We present the results of an examination of a group of gold-work from the Later Iron Age “Castro Culture” in the Archeological Museum of Asturias that was insufficiently studied from a documental and archaeometric point of view. Our work centered mainly on non-destructive analyses and the topographic revision of these objects and has allowed us to obtain new information regarding their production technology. We highlight the identification of new examples of mercury gilding. Our work also illustrates the difficulties surrounding the study of these types of objects.