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13. Metalworking


Relief of the coppersmith, Pompeii

In Pompeii, as in many other cities of Campania, metalworking had reached a high level of achievement.

While archeological excavations have revealed numerous metal objects, we still have not found any workshops where these special production processes were practiced. An electoral inscription, however, tells us that the city had its own goldsmiths' guild.

Bronzeworking certainly reached extraordinary levels: household objects, pots and pans, tools, precision instruments, and numerous other utensils were made with bronze.

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