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Mapping Metal Rich Roman Cyprus: The Case for Object-Centred Approaches

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Études et Travaux, Issue: 34, Pages: 167 - 181

Swansea University Author: Ersin Hussein Orcid Logo

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Abstract

This paper makes the case for developing ongoing research on Roman Cyprus’s metal profile by integrating object-centred approaches. It does so by focusing on the British Museum’s Cypriot collection as it contains a significant number of metal artefacts. The paper opens with a brief overview of key a...

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Published in: Études et Travaux
ISSN: 2084-6762 2449-9579
Published: Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika/Nicolaus Copernicus University 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa59786
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Abstract: This paper makes the case for developing ongoing research on Roman Cyprus’s metal profile by integrating object-centred approaches. It does so by focusing on the British Museum’s Cypriot collection as it contains a significant number of metal artefacts. The paper opens with a brief overview of key ancient evidence and the impact of recent, multidisciplinary approaches before introducing the collection and the data assembled for this case study. Assessment of this body of evidence highlights the benefits of undertaking systematic study of metalware related to Cyprus. A museological approach that focuses on the materiality of objects will also demonstrate how lines of enquiry can be developed to enhance current investigations of mining, metallurgy, and metal consumption across the island as well as shed further light on the role and cultural value of metals. This has huge implications for the study of Roman Cyprus and the wider Roman Mediterranean.
Keywords: metals, mining, metallurgy, material culture, Roman period Cyprus, British Museum
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 34
Start Page: 167
End Page: 181