The north smelter at Titelberg: post-imperial bronze recycling in Belgic Gaul

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The north smelter at Titelberg: post-imperial bronze recycling in Belgic Gaul

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dc.contributor.advisor Rowlett, Ralph M. en
dc.contributor.author Shaw, Matthew L. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial Luxembourg -- Titelberg Site
dc.coverage.temporal To 768 en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T19:05:44Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T19:05:44Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007 Spring en
dc.identifier.other ShawM-050407-T6309 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/4897
dc.description The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description 9 unnumbered blank pages at end of manuscript. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on November 5, 2007) en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.A.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Anthropology. en_US
dc.description.abstract The Titelberg in modern Luxembourg was not only the largest oppidum of the late Iron Age in Gallia Belgica, but the most long-lived, with occupations from La Tène II continuous for centuries, ultimately prospering due to copper and iron ore resources as a mint and industrial center before and after Gallo-Roman contact, until eclipsed by larger centers. During the middle of the first century AD, the mint was razed, not to be rebuilt, and the population dwindled. After an interval of perhaps three hundred years, a new smelting furnace was built into the remains of the Gallo-Roman Minting Foundry; excavation shows this smelter was used to melt down bronze coins and artifacts for reuse or as bullion. The questions arise from this, then: who was doing this and why? In the latter fourth century AD, were Franks moving into the territory and exploiting easy resources, or was this another example of continuity? Was the recycling process due to economic and political woes or was there a deeper reason? There is sufficient evidence to hypothesize continuity, with a local populace accustomed to accommodation, and a burgeoning economy fueling itself through a hunger for metal. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2007 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bronze coins en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Titelberg Site (Luxembourg) -- Antiquities, Celtic en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Titelberg Site (Luxembourg) -- Antiquities, Roman en_US
dc.subject.lcsh La Tène period en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Franks -- History en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Smelting en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Excavations (Archaeology) en_US
dc.title The north smelter at Titelberg: post-imperial bronze recycling in Belgic Gaul en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Anthropology en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b61262213 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 180709613 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2007 Theses


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