Title of the session

« MEASURING » IN AFRICAN ARCHAEOMETALLURGY: ASSESSMENT, NEW METHODS, AND CHALLENGES FOR THE HISTORY OF METALS.

Session Organizer(s)

Céline Cervera,
3 chemin du Centurion, 1227 Carouge, Suisse.
Université de Genève, Laboratoire APA.
celine.cervera@unige.ch

Pierre Lamotte,
13 Avenue Alsace-Lorraine, 74100 Annemasse, France.
Université de Genève, Laboratoire APA.
pierre.lamotte@unige.ch

Caroline Robion-Brunner,
Chargée de recherche CNRS, HDR,
Professeure invitée à l'université d'Addis Abeba, Centre français des études éthiopiennes (CFEE).
caroline.robion-brunner@univ-tlse2.fr

Delivery format

Podium

Nature of a session

Open for contributions

Session abstract

Archaeometallurgy has at its disposition a growing diversity of analytic tools for apprehending the ancient techniques and technologies, provenance and circulation of mineral materials, or to establish the chronology of metallurgical activities. The increasingly frequent use of these « measurement tools », with great advantages for the history of metallurgies, invites us to discuss these advantages but also their limitations just as it raises questions about the nature and relevance of the « measured ». This session is thus an invitation to discuss what is measured in African archaeometallurgy today, as well as why, and how, it is measured, and finally the challenges (or issues) of this discipline in the writing of African history.

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