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FLow of Ancient Metals across Eurasia

An ERC-funded research project at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

What is FLAME?

The FLAME (Flow of Ancient Metal across Eurasia) is a European Research Council funded project led by Professor Mark Pollard of the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (RLAHA) at the University of Oxford. It sets out to investigate the movement, exchange, and transformation of metal in Eurasian societies during the Bronze and Early Iron Age.

The FLAME project, which reinforces the position of RLAHA as a centre of excellence in this archaeomaterials research, builds on more than 10 years of innovative methodological development focussed on the identification and investigation of recycling, remelting, and remixing of metal in the past.

One of the major outputs from this project will be a database of existing metallurgical analyses from across Eurasia. In creating this resource, FLAME continues a tradition of collecting and compiling archive data for the benefit of the wider research community. As with previous archives of this kind at RLAHA, such as the OXALID Lead Isotope database, the OXSAM database of Ancient metalwork from the British Isles (access by request), and the recently renovated Tylecote Collection, the FLAME databases will be made available online over the course of the project.

Further Information

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Core Team

The FLAME team, based in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (RLAHA) at the University of Oxford, will grow to full strength by the end of 2016.

Mark Pollard

Mark Pollard

Principal Investigator
Peter Bray

Peter Bray

Postdoctoral Researcher
Peter Hommel

Peter Hommel

Postdoctoral Researcher
Laura Perucchetti

Laura
Perucchetti

Postdoctoral Researcher
Ruiliang-Ray-Liu

Ruiliang
Liu

Postdoctoral Researcher
John Pouncett

John
Pouncett

GIS Advisor
Samantha Bowring

Samantha
Bowring

Administrator

Project Partners

The core team will be advised and assisted by an academic board of leading regional and technical experts from leading research institutions across Europe and Asia

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Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson

University of Oxford

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Prof. Sir Barry Cunliffe

University of Oxford

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Dr Nataliya Shishlina

State Historical Museum, Moscow

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Prof. Tsagaan Turbat

Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar

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Prof. Jianjun Mei

Needham Research Institue, Cambridge

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Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Krause

Goethe University, Frankfurt

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Prof. Chris Gosden

University of Oxford

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Dr Viktor Trifonov

Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg

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Prof. Jianli Chen

Peking University, Beijing

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Prof. Zhengyao Jin

University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei

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Prof. Christopher Ramsey

University of Oxford

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Dr Kunlong Chen

University of Science and Technology, Beijing

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Stephen Stead

University of Southampton

Public Resources

The FLAME Project is committed to providing useful freely accessible resources for students, researchers, and educators with an interest in archaeometallurgy and archaeology in Eurasia. These resources will include tables of collated data from existing publications, collections of images, bibliographic databases, useful maps, and GIS resources.

Though predominatly FLAME related, we will also provide links to valuable external resources not managed by the FLAME Team. If you find these useful, please let us know how/where you use them and tweet/blog about them so others can also find them. Most of our resources will be distributed under a Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0) License, but please read the individual resource descriptions before use. Also, as many of these resources will be updated over the lifetime of the project, please check in regularly to make sure that you have the latest version.

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Quick Links

Tylecote Collection OXALID OXSAM Historical Metal Data

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