The MBI Al Jaber Foundation Public Lecture
The quest for the copper mountain of Magan: how early metallurgy shaped Arabia and set the horizons of the Bronze Age world

Saturday 26 July 2014,

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More than 4,000 years before petroleum reconfigured Arabia's role in the modern world, copper played a similar part in the development of Bronze Age Arabia.

Lloyd Weeks, University of New England, Australia, will discuss the social, technological and economic roles of metals in the early complex societies of the ancient Near East, and the ways in which a Bronze Age copper 'boom' in south-eastern Arabia, ancient Magan, underpinned its integration into the long-distance exchange systems and cultural encounters that characterised the Bronze Age world.

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