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Application of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry in Establishing the Chronological Framework of Ancient Iron Technology in Korea(Proceedings of the 16^<th> Symposium on Researches Using the Tandetron AMS System at Nagoya University in 2003)

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Iron technology plays an important role in many of the mechanisms postulated crucial in the formation and development of early Korean states. Despite its importance in Korean history and the abundance of material evidence recovered in the peninsula, the study on the ancient iron production based strictly on scientific evidences is still in its infant stage. Two major problems confronting the archaeological study on the appearance and the later diffusion of iron throughout the Korean peninsula include the uncertainties in chronology arising from reliance on relative dating based on typology and the lack of metallurgical studies on its production techniques. It is imperative, therefore, to remove such uncertainties if the iron industry and its integration into society can be compared and contrasted in different areas and thereby the history of iron production is to be better understood in terms of state formation. The present study will briefly review recent metallurgical works on ancient iron artifacts and then test the possibility of introducing the accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) in establishing the chronological framework of ancient iron technology in Korea.



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