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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New research results regarding the Early Bronze Age chronology published

In the framework of an inter-disciplinary collaboration between the Heidelberg Academy of Science, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, the Curt-Engelhorn-Center for Archaeometry gGmbH and the University of Heidelberg, researchers have rewritten conventional knowledge about the Early Bronze Age in Central Europe. Based on 150 radiocarbon analyses, this large scale project sheds new light on the relative and absolute chronology of the Early Bronze Age and reveals new insights into the history of the Nebra Sky Disc.

The publication can be found here

and the press release here.