What is it about?

Late Third Millennium BCE blacksmith workshops producing iron objects provide the earliest evidence of iron metallurgy in the world.

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Why is it important?

Contrary to the old predominant view, Africa was not a technological backwater that received all techniques from other continents


This new development is very exciting and needs to be confirmed by additional research. New work is planned to be carried out in the area. That's how science works.

Augustin F C Holl
Xiamen University

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This page is a summary of: On the Iron Front: New Evidence from North-Central Africa, Journal of African Archaeology, June 2010, Brill,
DOI: 10.3213/1612-1651-10153.
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