Nice bronzes in ugly pots. On the containers of the Bronze Age metal deposits from Karmin in SW Poland
1 – Institute of Archaeology, Wrocław University, Poland; 2 – Archaeological Museum in Wrocław, Poland; 3 – Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Università di Pisa, Italy; 4 – Institute of Archeology, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland
In: M. S. Przybyła, K. Dzięgielewski (eds.), Chasing Bronze Age rainbows. Studies on hoards and related phenomena in prehistoric Europe in honour of Wojciech Blajer, Prace Archeologiczne 69, Kraków: Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University / Profil-Archeo, 2019, pp. 491-498.
Abstract: Vessels containing deposits of metal items only exceptionally are subject to detailed studies. Only laconic remarks on the presence of pottery sherds or information that metal items were stored in a vessel or vessels are most often published. It seems that metal artefacts are perceived more valuable and thus deserving more attention, while pottery – most often the aesthetically unappealing kitchenware – is considered too plain to be interesting. The paper discusses technological and chemical properties of ceramic vessels from Bronze Age hoards from Karmin, Milicz district, in SW Poland.
Key words: Bronze Age, hoards, hoarding, pottery making, Poland, GC-MS