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Arsenic, Nickel and Antimony

The Cahiers d’Archéologie romande (Notebooks of Archaeology in French-speaking Switzerland - CAR) have published in 1995 the work carried out by Valentin Rychner (1945-2002) and Niklaus Kläntschi on the elemental composition of copper-based alloys from the Middle Bronze Age to the end of the Late Bronze Age in Switzerland: Arsenic, Nickel et Antimoine (CAR 63 and 64). The corresponding spectrometric analyses are  the best tool available so far to discuss the question of the metal supplying systems within the societies of the North-Alpine Bronze Age.

Benoît Mille, archaeometallurgist at the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF,, compiled the analyses and the catalogue of the artefacts into a single file, the corresponding database can be freely downloaded.