Two more laudatory reviews of the Metal Monograph have been published by archaeometallurgist Robert Ehrenreich and South Asian specialist Brett Hoffman.
Robert Ehrenreich’s review of Volumes A-C appears in the Journal of Anthropological Research (Summer 2022). He writes that the set is a “true magnum opus“, and follows that by writing, “It is an exquisite examination of all aspects of the metalwork and metalworking remains discovered on four sites—Ban Chiang, Ban Tong, Ban Phak Top, and Don Klang—and all associated information required to understand the state and development of prehistoric bronzeworking and ironworking technologies in northeast
Thailand within the context of Southeast Asian archaeology and archaeometallurgical studies more broadly. The reader obtains an in-depth knowledge not only of the excavated and analytical evidence of metalworking at the four sites within the larger regional context of northeast and central Thailand and Laos, but also the theoretical and methodological frameworks used to analyze these results and their ramifications within the larger societal contexts of Southeast Asia, as well as how future archaeologists can apply these results to their own research and conduct similar investigations.” Here‘s the full text of the review.
In addition, Brett C. Hoffman, an archaeometallurgist specializing in Happaran cultures, contributed a review for Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology 8.1 (2020): 1102-1105. He wrote. “Through a thorough and rigorous questioning of existing assumptions for all aspects of ancient metallurgy from production to consumption, Volume 2C: The Metal Remains in Regional Context lays out a comprehensive model for metallurgy in not only Southeast Asia, but one that has applications to researchers working around the world on archaeometallurgy.”Here‘s the full text.