Brass from the Past: Brass made, used and traded from prehistoric times to 1800 [Mīkstie vāki]

  • Formāts: Paperback / softback, 370 pages, height x width: 245x175 mm, 92 black & white figures, 8 colour figures, 53 tables
  • Izdošanas datums: 13-Jun-2019
  • Izdevniecība: Archaeopress Archaeology
  • ISBN-10: 1789691567
  • ISBN-13: 9781789691566
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  • Formāts: Paperback / softback, 370 pages, height x width: 245x175 mm, 92 black & white figures, 8 colour figures, 53 tables
  • Izdošanas datums: 13-Jun-2019
  • Izdevniecība: Archaeopress Archaeology
  • ISBN-10: 1789691567
  • ISBN-13: 9781789691566
‘Brass from the Past’ follows the evolution of brass from its earliest forms around 2500 BC through to industrialised production in the eighteenth century, telling the story in the context of the people, economies, cultures, trade and technologies that have themselves defined the alloy and its spread around the world.

‘Brass from the Past’ is not only a history of the use and production of brass, but more broadly an insight into the journey of this important metal in the context of a changing and modernising world. The book follows the evolution of brass from its earliest forms around 2500 BC through to industrialised production in the eighteenth century. The story is told in the context of the people, economies, cultures, trade and technologies that have themselves defined the alloy and its spread around the world. The book explores innovations, such as the distillation of zinc, that improved the quality and ease of production. From national or religious priorities to the exhaustion of raw material supplies, themes from the past are echoed in our own world today. This work shines a light on some of the more personal aspects of people, businesses and relationships that influenced industry and its progress in the later centuries. Above all, the book reflects the enthusiasm, not just of the author, but of all brass enthusiasts across the world. The search for information involved scrambling down Bohemian ravines, stumbling over brass-works debris under trees, and studying pre-civil-war artefacts in Virginia to name but a few examples. Academics and experts from across the world provided the author with information, from China to Qatar and the USA to the Czech Republic.
Chapter 1 - Experiment and Empires - Prehistory to Roman;
Chapter 2 - From Mountains to Deserts - Early medieval;
Chapter 3 - The Sacred and the Stallholder - Later medieval;
Chapter 4 - Age of Discovery c.1500-1600;
Chapter 5 - Merchants and Migrants c.1600-1650;
Chapter 6 - Continuity and Conflict in Europe c.1650-1700;
Chapter 7 - Trade and Technology - c.1700-1750;
Chapter 8 - The Turning Tide - c.1750-1800; Glossary; Appendix - Metallurgical tables 1-8 relating to chapters 1-8; Bibliography; Index
Vanda Morton MA PhD is based in Oxford and offers an authoritative voice on the history and archaeology of brass. Her research has involved metallurgical research, fieldwork and international networking. She draws on interpersonal skills developed early in her professional life in psychiatric healthcare, and on illustrating skills acquired during her later occupation in graphic design which culminated in an academic career in archaeology. Her international research has taken her to muddy fields, mountains, forests, and rushing streams, and into homes, castles, laboratories and museums. These adventures have exploited her enthusiasm for foreign languages, love of walking, and joy at meeting the many and various people who have introduced her to different cultures, sites and archaeological treasures.