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6,000 years of copper smelting : Center for the Study of Copper Smelting in Ancient Societies

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dc.contributor.advisor Bill Hubbard, Jr. en_US
dc.contributor.author Steinberg, Marc J. (Marc Jonathan), 1969- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial a-is--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-26T18:40:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-26T18:40:13Z
dc.date.copyright 2000 en_US
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/70324
dc.description Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2000. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 95). en_US
dc.description.abstract In 1959 professor of archeology Beno Rothenberg began investigating the production of copper in the Sinai desert and Aravah region of southern Israel. He discovered over 650 previously unknown ancient copper mining and smelting sites. The Timna Valley is one of the most significant sites discovered and is believed to be the first site of copper production, beginning six-thousand years ago. Within this rich historical context, I propose to build an international center for desert studies and copper production in ancient societies. Faculty, students, and researchers will examine desert climate, vegetation, and wildlife. Equally important, they will study the process of mining and smelting copper. The center will also be open to individual tourists and larger groups. Following an introductory lecture, tourists will produce their own small samples of copper. The architecture of the building is driven from the nature of the smelting process. In this process, copper is chemically separated from impurities in a smelting furnace. Heavy metallic copper sinks to the bottom of the furnace. Slag forms above the copper and gas evaporates. The layers of the building mimic this process and are made from copper, slag, and glass. The overall design theme of the building also seeks to demonstrate a clear interaction between building, landscape, and environment. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Mark J. Steinberg. en_US
dc.format.extent 97 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.title 6,000 years of copper smelting : Center for the Study of Copper Smelting in Ancient Societies en_US
dc.title.alternative Six thousand years of copper smelting en_US
dc.title.alternative Center for the Study of Copper Smelting in Ancient Societies en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.Arch. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 45010011 en_US


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