Zinc Zone

Digs & Discoveries March/April 2017


In central China’s Hunan Province, archaeologists have uncovered evidence of a zinc production site dating to the late Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). The finds include large smelting furnaces as well as zinc slag, the by-product of the conversion of zinc ores to pure zinc. Along with India, China was one of the major production centers for zinc between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries, after which the material began to be produced on a larger scale in Europe.

  • Artifacts March/April 2017

    Middle Bronze Age Jug

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    (Courtesy Clara Amit)
  • Around the World March/April 2017


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    (Courtesy M.C. Langley, Australian National University)
  • Digs & Discoveries March/April 2017

    Digging up Digital Music

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    (Courtesy University of Manchester School of Computer Science)
  • Features March/April 2017

    The First American Revolution

    Exploring the legacy of the New World’s most successful native rebellion

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    (Connie Photos)