Nov. 28, 1994
Vol. 14, No. 7

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    Caption: Recreating Bronze Age technology


    A discovery by archaeologist Aslihan Yener -- that tin could be produced from ore found in Turkey -- was demonstrated earlier this month in the courtyard of the Oriental Institute. Bryan Earl, a tin specialist from Cornwall, recreated an ancient smelting operation and showed how tin ore could be separated from other materials in a panning process using simple tools. The work demonstrates the finding by Yener, Assistant Professor in the Oriental Institute, that some of the tin used in the Mediterranean area during the Bronze Age came from local sources.