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Cycladic Lead and Silver Metallurgy

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Interest in the prehistory of the Cyclades may fairly be said to have been awakened in the middle of the nineteenth century when travellers like Walpole or Fiedler were intrigued by what we now regard as one of the characteristic products of ECII times in the Cyclades—the marble folded-arm figurines whose harmony, balance, and economy of artistic expression appeal so much to the admirers of twentieth-century artists such as Mondrian or Modigliani. Reports of other prehistoric material from the Cyclades soon followed from J. T. Bent, U. Köhler, and F. Dümmler, whilst more systematic explorations began with the work of Edgar in Pelos, and Atkinson and others at Phylakopi on Melos.

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Acknowledgements. We are very grateful to Professor C. Renfrew for suggesting that we extend our studies from Archaic times into the Bronze Age and for his subsequent enthusiastic encouragement of our work and for the continual encouragement and assistance which we have received also from Professor C. Doumas. We gratefully acknowledge the help which we have received from Drs. K. Tsakos and H. Zervoudaki, Ephors of the Cyclades. Our thanks are due for continuing assistance in many ways to Drs. H. Catling, R. Jones, J. Carrington-Smith, C. Mee, Mr. A. Spawforth, and Mrs. H. Efthymiades of the British School at Athens, to Drs. O. Tsakos-Alexandri, M. Vlasopoulou, and K. Assimenos of the National Museum, Athens, to Drs. M. Vickers, R. Moorey, H. Brock, C. Kraay, and D. M. Metcalf of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, to M. Warhurst of the Merseyside County Museums, Liverpool, to Drs. B. Cook and P. T. Craddock of the British Museum, to Professor H. Mussche and Dr. P. Spitaels of the Seminarie voor Griekse Archeologie, Ghent, to Drs. J. Bornovas, N. G. Melidonis and S. Papamarinopoulos of IGME, Athens, and to our former colleagues Professor W. Gentner, Drs. O. Müller, G. A. Wagner, and H. Gropengiesser of Heidelberg. For the analytical measurements in Oxford we are grateful to Professor E. T. Hall, Professor K. Allen, and Drs. A. Jones and J. Rose for making available facilities in their Departments. Finally we gratefully acknowledge financial support for this work from the Science Research Council, the British Academy, and the Volkswagen Foundation.


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