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Tin
(1,194 words)

[German version]

I. Definition

Tin is a metal, used in Antiquity for casting, for making sheet-metal, for plating other materials, for alloys, primarily with copper to make bronze or with lead to make tin-lead solder. The starting material was cassiterite, the only tin ore that occurs naturally in sufficient quantities for metallurgical processing. Cassiterite, an oxide of tin (SnO2), is dark brown to black in colour, has a high density (6800-7100 kg m-3) and is v…

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Riederer, Josef (Berlin) and Wartke, Ralf-B. (Berlin), “Tin”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12217270>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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