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Capturing changes: applying the Oxford system to further understand the movement of metal in Shang China

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The Bronze Age China presents to us a significant contrast to the rest of Eurasia in two aspects, the great commitment to the complicated bronze ritual vessels and the immense scale of production. Both features reached their zenith in the late Shang period in the late second millennium BC but left a delicate puzzle to archaeologists: through what trajectories was the metal moved and engaged with human societies in China?

The traditional approach is heavily confined to either cu...

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