The proposed project deals with advanced archaeometric studies of specialised production and distribution patterns from the 4th century BC to the 1st century AD.
Changing patterns in acquisition and properties of source materials indicate shifts in resources, technology, organisational process, custom demands, or more profound socio-cultural phenomena. Exact data on trends in using materials in prehistory creates a solid part of the archaeological narration and their importance –as an exact base for interpretation- is indisputable. In this project we focus on copper-alloys, precious metals, and glass. Artefacts made of these materials stand out as important markers of identity, mobility, status and economic strategies. Based on diachronic
case studies on their sourcing, production, and distribution and by application of the trace element and isotopic analyses we aim to discover or verify major trends in socio-economic development in one of the most dynamic periods in prehistory. Results and data assembled in this project will have an international impact.