Author: M. Figuera

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This paper aims to investigate the spatial distribution of metal finds within the site of Ayia Triada, the relationship between the contexts of discovery and functional aspects ‒ utilitarian, prestigious, ritual or ceremonial ‒ deepening the relationship between the metal in circulation, stored permanently or temporarily, or intended to be recycled. The goal is to investigate the choices within a single settlement, relating to the use or storage of metals, to the functional priorities that the artefacts played in a specific context and to any restrictive strategies developed by a social group to limit access to this highly valuable sources. Haghia Triada is characterized as a key site for the presence of a considerable amount of bronze artefacts and nineteen copper ox-hide ingots. It also allows an analysis not affected by the limitations inherent in the study of metals, because it was suddenly abandoned and thanks to that has preserved a large part of the recovery contexts.