Batan Grande: A Prehistoric Metallurgical Center in Peru

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Science  28 May 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4549, pp. 952-959
DOI: 10.1126/science.216.4549.952


Recent archeological fieldwork on the north coast of Peru permits a preliminary reconstruction of a prill-extraction copper and copper alloy smelting process heretofore undocumented in the New World. The process was applied on a large scale during the late pre-Hispanic period. This study provides strong support for the claim that central Andean metallurgy constituted one of the major independent metallurgical traditions of the world.