International workshop “BRONZE AGE TIN – Geological sources, production, and distribution of tin in Bronze Age Eurasia” from 14 to 16 March 2018 at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim, Germany

BRONZE AGE TIN is a multidisciplinary project funded by the European Research Council comprising archaeology, history, geochemistry, and geology, conducted by scientists from the University of Heidelberg and the Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie in Mannheim.

The objective is to decipher the enigma of the origin of tin in the early bronzes by combining new archeological data and tin isotope ratios. These bronzes appear in a wide area stretching from the Aegean to the Persian Gulf, but this region is geologically devoid of any tin deposits.

The results of this research will be presented and discussed during four half-day sessions on geology and ore deposits, metallurgy and archaeology. In addition, there will be a welcome meeting on Wednesday evening, 14 March, a symposium dinner on Friday evening, 16 March, and the option for a tour through the Old City of Heidelberg on Saturday, 17 March 2018.

There will be only invited talks, but anyone interested is invited to participate. Use the links below for downloading the workshop programme and the registration form. Please send the completed registration form to the workshop office ( Details on the venue and the arrival will follow at the beginning of 2018.

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Workshop program
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General information

Venue: The conference will take place at the Museum Weltkulturen, Anna-Reiß-Saal in D5, Mannheim.

How to get there?

Public transport: From Frankfurt International Airport, take the ICE from Frankfurt Fernbahnhof to Mannheim Main Station. Keep in mind that Mannheim is only an intermediate stop and another terminal stop is indicated at the destination board. From Frankfurt Main Station there are also local trains and ICEs to Mannheim.

From Mannheim Main Station, take the tram lines 1 (Schönau), 3 (Sandhofen), 4 (Waldfriedhof) or 5 (Rundfahrt Weinheim-Heidelberg) to Paradeplatz. From the stop at Paradeplatz, walk about four minutes in the direction of Rathaus E5 and the Museum Weltkulturen D5

By car: From Frankfurt International Airport, take the A6 motorway to Mannheim. Take the exit Mannheim-Mitte to the B38a towards Mannheim/Ludwigshafen/MA-Neckarau-Neuostheim/Fähre/Flughafen. Take the exit towards Ludwigshafen/MA-Neuhermsheim. Drive on Ludwigshafener Str./Bundestraße 36 (B36). Turn slightly right onto the B7 (Parkring) and continue on Kunststraße in direction Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen until you reach the underground car park in D5 at the museum.

Parking: Use the underground car park of the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in D5. Alternatively, use the underground carpark in D3, 5.


Best Western Hotel Mannheim City
C7, 9–11 in 68159 Mannheim
Phone: (+49) 621-159 20

Mercure Hotel Mannheim
F7, 5–13 in 68159 Mannheim
Phone: (+49) 621-336990

Wyndham Mannheim
F4, 4–11
Phone: 0800 10 10 88 0

Speicher 7 Hotel
Rheinvorlandstraße 7
Phone: (+49) 621-122668-0

All hotels are within 10 or less minutes walking distance of the conference venue.

There will be the possibility for registration at the Icebreaker party in the evening on 14 March. Alternatively, registration will take place on 15 and 16 March from 8 am in the Museum Weltkulturen in D5, just in front the Anna-Reiß-Saal. One-day tickets can be purchased on-site at a price of 25 euros.

The Icebreaker is open for all participants and will take place on 14 March from 6 pm to around 10 pm in the Mercure Hotel (ground floor) in F7, 5–13 in 68159 Mannheim.


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