New research into ancient Indian copper


Dr Wendy Morrison has been successfully awarded a £9,980 grant under the British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme. The one year project (2016-17) is entitled Testing the metal: characterising the chemical composition of ancient Indian copper and brings on-board Dr Satish Pandey of the Conservation Department at the National Museum Institute in Delhi, India. From the Indus Valley to the megalithic bronze cultures of Kerala, ancient India has produced a volume of copper and copper alloyed artefacts which could contribute to the growing global discussion about chemical composition of metals and the flow of artefacts and raw materials. One dataset which is conspicuous by its absence is that from the Indian sub-continent. This project will offer research staff based in India training in Oxford in the most advanced metal analysis techniques and facilitate an exchange of ideas about how best to use this untapped resource, for the benefit of Indian curators and researchers as well as the wider global research community.

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