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New publication by Thomas Birch and international colleagues on interpreting lead isotopes

One of our Co-Investigators, Tom Birch, is part of a team that has recently been published about new findings on lead isotopes interpretation. You can read the abstract and consult the article here! The conventional approach to ore provenance studies of ancient silver coins and artifacts has been to first analyze and then try to Read more about New publication by Thomas Birch and international colleagues on interpreting lead isotopes[…]

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A note on Arabic ingots

The root meaning of s-b-k has always been associated with metal processing. E.W. Lane An Arabic–English Lexicon, 8 parts, (London 1872), IV, p. 1300, s-b-k ‘to melt’; sabīka, pl. sabāʾik ‘ingot, piece of gold or silver of an oblong form that has been melted, cleared of its dross and pour forth into a mould (misbaka) Read more about A note on Arabic ingots[…]

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A Sardinian mission to Córdoba

Delegations from Sardinia and Amalfi to the caliph of Córdoba, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān III (r. 929–61) in the year 942, as reported by Ibn Ḥayyān (d. 1075): “On Tuesday 8th of Dhū l-Ḥijja [330 H/24 August 942 CE], an envoy of the lord (ṣāḥib) of the island of Sardinia (Sardāniya) arrived at the gate of al-Nāṣr Read more about A Sardinian mission to Córdoba[…]

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