Subject: Re: Origins of Bronze Age From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Yuri Kuchinsky) Date: 1997/05/30 Message-ID: <email@example.com> Newsgroups: sci.archaeology,soc.culture.thai Dale Light (DBL1@psuvm.psu.edu) wrote: : It's not my field, but I seem to remember, about 25 years ago, some excitement : about VERY early bronze artifacts from Cambodia. I even saw an exhibit about it : at the University Museum in Philadelphia. I believe that the type site was cal : led Bad Chaing or something like that and that the artifacts dated from about 3 : 500 BC. I also believe that the expedition that was working on the site was fun : ded by Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, but was forced to abandon th : eir efforts due to political disturbances. Hope this is of some assistance. : Sincerely, : Dale Light Dale, Here are a couple of files with relevant info I found on the Web. The first file tells us that the dating for Thailand was considered controversial at some time. But I believe it was confirmed by more testing. The second file tells us about early bronze in the Philippines, and confirms the early date for Ban Chiang. Best regards, Yuri. Yuri Kuchinsky | "Where there is the Tree of Knowledge, there -=- | is always Paradise: so say the most ancient in Toronto | and the most modern serpents." F. Nietzsche ----- my webpage is for now at: http://www.io.org/~yuku ----- [first file:] Internet Link Exchange Member of the Internet Link Exchange METALWORK THE FIRST METALWORK Until recently scholars believed almost universally that the development of metalwork techniques began in Mesopotamia in about 3500-3000 BC. and spread to the rest of the world from there. However in 1974 a discovery in Thailand threw doubt on that theory. American and Thai archaeologist working at the village of Ban Chiang in northeast Thailand found graves containing a bronze spearhead, a bronze anklet and bronze bracelets, and archaeologists believe that the objects date from 3600 BC. If the date, which is controversial, is correct, the find suggests that the bronze age was well established in Thailand at that time, several hundred years before it reached a similar stage in Mesopotamia. [next file:] Subject: Philippine Prehistory Update From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul (Kekai) Manansala) Date: 1996/12/10 Newsgroups: soc.culture.filipino I got my complimentary copies of the National Museum Annual Report recently and there's some interesting stuff going on for prehistory buffs. ... An older but fascinating find comes from the Bolobok Rockshelter excavation in Tawi Tawi. The work was done by Wilfredo P. Ronquillo, Kazuhiko Tanaka, Rey Santiago and Shijun Asato. The most interesting find comes from what is described as a "late occupational phase", which is dated to 3,190 B.C. Among the artifacts found at this level were a socketed bronze adze and opaque glass bead. This marks a much earlier age for bronze in the Philippines even if this object was introduced by an intruding element. The oldest dating for bronze from the Near East is about 3,000 B.C.; 2,000 B.C. for Mohenjo Daro in South Asia, and the oldest dated bronze is 3,600 B.C. from Ban Chiang in Thailand. It will be interesting to see if this date for bronze can be verified from other in situ finds. _________________________________________________________________Click here to go one level up in the directory.