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date: 12 December 2019

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This article takes a look at the mining of copper in Bronze Age Europe. It notes that the large number of copper mines which have been found in many parts of Europe signify that there was a widespread geological occurrence and surface exposure of copper deposits during this period. The article studies the archaeology of Bronze Age copper mining, surveys some of its main centres, describes the processes used by Bronze Age miners in order to search for copper, and studies the technology used in the copper mines. It also takes a look at the mining environment, such as the ventilation and the possibility of fatal accidents. Finally, the article discusses the stages of copper production and the implications of copper mining in Bronze Age European society.

Keywords: copper mining, copper deposits, archaeology, mining processes, mining environment, copper production

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