Stratiform Copper Deposit, Northern Anatolia, Turkey: Evidence for Early Bronze I (2800 B.C.) Mining Activity

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Science  29 Nov 1974:
Vol. 186, Issue 4166, pp. 823-825
DOI: 10.1126/science.186.4166.823


A stratiform, massive copper sulfide deposit with possible gold, silver, and cobalt credits was discovered by a United Nations reconnaissance team in Paleozoic (?) metamorphic terrain of north central Turkey. The deposit, which is of possible volcanigenic exhalative origin, contains evidence of extensive prehistoric underground mining and smelting activity that, based on radiocarbon data, may date to 2800 B.C. (Early Bronze I Age).

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