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Loic Boscher

Loic Boscher

Reconstructing the arsenical copper production process in Early Bronze Age Southwest Asia
loic.boscher.09@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +974 7760 1294

Mr Loic Boscher is a UCL PhD candidate based at UCL Qatar. He holds an Msc in Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials from UCL and a BA in Archaeology from the University of Calgary.

His thesis focuses on reconstructing the arsenical copper production process in Early Bronze Age Southwest Asia. The goal of his research is to analyse arsenical copper production remains from a number of sites in South West Asia dating to the Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze in order to reconstruct the varied chaînes opératoires of arsenical copper production. This will in turn enhance our understanding of shifting patterns of technological development during this time period and assess the role that arsenic played in the wider trade networks.

Supervisors:

Prof Thilo Rehren
Prof Ian Freestone

Selected Publications

Boscher, L., Schoop, U.-D., Rehren, Th. Forthcoming. Anatolian Chalcolithic Arsenical Copper Smelting and Alloying at Çamlıbel Tarlası. Archaeometry. 

Rehren, T., and Boscher, L., Pernicka, E. 2012. Large scale smelting of speiss and arsenical copper at Early Bronze Age Arisman, North-West Iran. Journal of Archaeological Science 37, 1717-1727.

Boscher, L., Rehren, Th., Pernicka, E., Schoop, U.-D., Helwing, B. 2012. Arsenical copper in South-West Asia: Alloying technology and intentionality determined by the chemical analysis of production remains. Paper presented at the International Symposium of Archaeometry 2012. 

Rehren, T., and Boscher, L., Pernicka, E. 2011. Large scale smelting of speiss and arsenical copper at Early Bronze Age Arisman, North-West Iran. Paper presented at the Archaeometallurgy in Europe III 

Conference 2011.

Boscher, L. 2010. Arsenical Copper Production Technology during the Early Bronze. Paper presented to the Historical Metallurgy Society’s Research in Progress Conference 2010.