The casting of tools from copper and bronze using stone moulds has a history that dates back to the earliest smelting of metals. Sardinia has an abundance of deposits for steatite and related soft stone types that can be easily carved to form moulds for a wide range of shapes. A wide range of stone blocks with or or more forms for the casting of bronze tools have been conserved in several museums in Sardinia. This detailed catalogue, with individual drawings, provide insights into the manufacture of tools for a number of different types of bronze artifacts such as those also known from the archaeological record.
Bronze Age Metallurgy on Mediterranean Islands
A. Giumlia-Mair and F. Lo Schiavo
Place of Publication
Becker, M. J. (2018). Stone Moulds in Sardinian Museum Collections: Indicators of Bronze Age Metallurgical Technology. , 273-303. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/anthrosoc_facpub/79