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date: 19 October 2019

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Written and archaeological evidence attests to the presence of mining in Byzantium. Gold was mined in the fifth to sixth centuries, while silver was mined in the Taurus mountains and Black Sea area in Asia Minor in the sixth to seventh centuries. An early Byzantine copper-smelting area has been found in the Lagoudhera Valley in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus. Meanwhile, the mountains of Lebanon were a source of iron for production centres situated at Damascus and Bostra. Other metals mined during the Byzantine Era were tin and silver. This article looks at metalwork in the Byzantine Empire, focusing on production centres and uses of metals.

Keywords: metals, mining, metalwork, production centres, Byzantium, Byzantine Empire, copper smelting, gold, silver, iron

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