A.M. Yuminov, V.V. Zaykov, V.F.Korobkov, and V.V. Tkachev.
This study presents the results of geoarcheological research carried out at 19 copper ore sites belonging to the Mugodzhary mining and metallurgical center. Four types of copper ores differing in geological setting, body structure, reserve grade as well as mineral and chemical composition, were mined at the center. The geographic coordinates and the main parameters of mines (morphology, quarry size, and ore body) are specifi ed along with the scope of their development. A detailed description is given of the eight most typical Bronze Age mines. The age of individual mines is also determined. The total quantity of ore mined from the ore fi elds included in the study is estimated at 55,000 tons, which may have produced as much as 1750 tons of copper.
Keywords: Mugodzhary mining and metallurgical center, Bronze Age, copper ores, composition, material extracted.