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Material Genealogies: Bronze Moulds and their Castings in Later Bronze Age Britain

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Material Genealogies : Bronze Moulds and their Castings in Later Bronze Age Britain. / Webley, Leo; Adams, Sophia.

In: Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, Vol. 82, 2016, p. 323-3740.

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Webley, L & Adams, S 2016, 'Material Genealogies: Bronze Moulds and their Castings in Later Bronze Age Britain', Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, vol. 82, pp. 323-3740. https://doi.org/10.1017/ppr.2016.8

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Webley, L., & Adams, S. (2016). Material Genealogies: Bronze Moulds and their Castings in Later Bronze Age Britain. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 82, 323-3740. https://doi.org/10.1017/ppr.2016.8

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Webley L, Adams S. Material Genealogies: Bronze Moulds and their Castings in Later Bronze Age Britain. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 2016;82:323-3740. https://doi.org/10.1017/ppr.2016.8

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Webley, Leo ; Adams, Sophia. / Material Genealogies : Bronze Moulds and their Castings in Later Bronze Age Britain. In: Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 2016 ; Vol. 82. pp. 323-3740.

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