BUMA success for Institute delegation

11 October 2013

UCL participants at BUMA.  Clockwise: Wenli Zhou, Siran Liu, Oli Pryce, Thilo Rehren, Marcos Martinon-Torres, Janice Li, Miljana Radivojevic, Agnese Benzonelli, David Larreina

Institute staff, students and alumni made up the stongest contingent at the recent BUMA VIII conference, one of the most important conferences on archaeometallurgy with a strong emphasis on Asia.

The international conference on the Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys (BUMA) is an interdisciplinary gathering of scientists, engineers, archaeologists and historians focussing on the production and use of metals, with emphasis on cultural interactions and evolutions over time and space especially between the West and Asia. This year the conference was held in Nara, Japan from 10-15 September 2013.

Marcos Martinón-Torres and Miljana Radivojević, as well as their co-authors, were awarded two of the three prizes given to the best posters of the conference.

Oral Presentations

  • Xiuzhen Li, Marcos Martinón-Torres, Kun Zhao and Yin Xia: From casting to chiselling: SEM imaging of inscriptions on Qin bronze objects
  • Siran Liu, Thilo Rehren, Changqing Xu and Jianli Chen: Gold and silver production in the Imperial period of China: A comparative study of two sites in central-south China.
  • Thilo Rehren, Tamás Belgya, Albert Jambon, György Káli, Zsolt Kasztovszky, Zoltán Kis, Imre Kovács, Boglárka Maróti, Marcos Martinón-Torres, Gianluca Miniaci, Vincent C.Pigott, Miljana Radivojević, László Rosta, Lászlo Szentmiklósi and Zoltán Szökefalvi-Nagy: Mankind's earliest iron – neutron-based non-invasive methods to determine a meteoritic origin


  • Miljana Radivojević and Benjamin W. Roberts: The polychrome beginnings of the use of metals and alloys.
  • David Larreina-García, MarcosMartinón-Torres, Yanxiang Li and Kunlong Cheng: Smelt, Slag, Recycle. A sohpisticated copper smelting method in Tang Dynasty China: The Sijiawan plant.
  • Wenli Zhou, Marcos Martinón-Torres and Jianli Chen: Distilling zinc in China: the technology of large-scale zinc production in Chongqing during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (AD 1368-1911)
  • Agnese Benzonelli, Angelo Agostino, Francesco Civita, Francesco Grazzi and Elosa Barzagli: Non-invasive investigation of Japanese patinated metalwork: the tsuba collection of the Stibbert Museum in Florence.
  • Marcos Martinón-Torres, Xiuzhen Janice Li, Andrew Bevan, Yin Xia, Kun Zhao and Thilo Rehren: Technological knowledge and labour organisation in the production of weapons for the Terracotta Army.
BUMA poster award to Miljana Radivoejvic and Benjamin Roberts
BUMA poster award to Marcos Martinon-Torres and colleagues

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