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Social hierarchy and the choice of metal recycling at Anyang, the last capital of Bronze Age Shang China

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Anyang, the last capital of the Chinese Shang dynasty, became one of the largest metal consumers in Eurasia during the second millennium BCE. However, it remains unclear how Anyang people managed to sustain such a large supply of metal. By considering the chemical analysis of bronze objects within archaeological contexts, this paper shows that the casting and circulation of metal at Anyang was effectively governed by social hierarchy. Objects belonging to the high elites such as Fuhao, partic...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/s41598-020-75920-x

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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SSD
Sub department:
School of Archaeology
Oxford college:
St Cross College
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University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
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School of Archaeology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
School of Archaeology
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0000-0002-2849-2524
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Nature Research Publisher's website
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Scientific Reports Journal website
Volume:
10
Issue:
1
Article number:
18794
Publication date:
2020-11-02
Acceptance date:
2020-10-21
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2045-2322
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English
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1140276
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pubs:1140276
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2020-11-02

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