With his new published chapter: “Copper and Bronze Age Metalworking in context” Tobias L. Kienlin (2013) has turned down the scientific reputation of Köln University, Germany as a serious institution in the science of archaeology. It is a chapter in a Handbook on Bronze Age in Europe, but Kienlin shows extremely limited to no knowledge, absence of base data in his mind for generalizations, grey-literature orientation, absence of critical thinking, selection of cited literature which does not cover the essence of the topic and most important contribution of world recognized authors, wordy low quality from cultural and scientific points of view statements, disproportion between facts and generalization, etc.
It seems, according to Tobias L. Kienlin, the author, for instance, has wasted her time studying decades the Bronze Age chronology and metallurgy in Eurasia. None of the most serious conclusions based on deep analysis and new evidence have been cited, included or scientifically used in the chapter of Kienlin.
Three main contributions on the Bronze Age metallurgy in chronological context belong specifically to the author:
1. Most detailed elaboration of the South-Central European chronology of Early Bronze Age I, especially on the cultures which are synchronous with Baden Cultural Complex, which in Southeast Europe are Bronze Age Cultures. The author has been missed whole most important period of development of the European civilization in Southeast Europe (e.g. Nikolova 2005, 2008);
2. Proving the existence of lead bronze in Southeast Europe, especially based on the data from Dubene-Sarovka, Plovdiv. There is a fundamental discovery which connects the Aegean with Central Europe – technology from Southeast Europe and shape typical of Central Europe (Nikolova, 2002) (see also)
3. The interrelation between bronze metallurgy and precious metal (gold and silver) (Nikolova, 2005b).
It is missing also in the chapter of Tobias L. Kienlin mentioned the value of the works of Evgeni Chernikh, and Nikolaus Boroffka, for instance, critics of the D. W. Bailey’s work on Balkan Prehistory, etc.
Development of globalization is a process of re-intellectualization and re-professionalization of culture. Recent publication of documents about Plamen Mitev, a “professor” at Sofia University (Nikolova, 2013a with ref.) that includes his application for becoming a secret agent-spy at the National Security in Bulgaria, as well as the collaboration of Bulgarian ”professors” Bozhidar Dimitrov and Valeria Fol with Vassil Bozhkov-the Skull and Dimitur Ivanov for scandalous exhibit in Moscow (Nikolova, 2013b) where nation’s wealth is mixed with criminal finds, pose extremely important tasks especially to the western scholars: increasing the professional and critical approach to science and becoming of strong voice for democracy and progress in the multisegmented and multilayered social space. Instead, Tobias L. Kienlin under the head of Anthony Harding (co-editor) has been increasing the crisis in investigation and science of Bronze Age in Europe.
Kienlin, T. L. (2013). Copper and Bronze: Bronze Age Metalworking in Context. In: H. Fokkens/A. Harding (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013, 414–436.
Nikolova, L. (2013a) New data about psychotronic terrorism from Bulgaria. iianthropology.org.
Nikolova, L. (2013b) Bulgarian national ancient wealth has been antagonizing in Moscow. examiner.com.
Nikolova, L. (2008) Balkan-Anatolian Cultural Horizons from the Fourth Millennium BC and Their Relations to the Baden Cultural Complex. In Furholt, M., Szmyt, M. & Zastawny, A. (Eds.), The Baden complex and the outside world (pp. 157-166). Bonn: Dr. Rudolph Habelt GmbH.
Nikolova L., J. (2005a) Social changes and cultural interactions in later Balkan prehistory. Later Fifth and Fourth Millennia cal BCE. In: Fritz & J. Higgins (eds.). Prehistoric archaeology & anthropological theory and education. International Institute of Anthropology, 87-96. Salt Lake City & Karlovo. Reports of Prehistoric Research Projects 6-7.
Nikolova, L. (2005b). Dubene Prehistory. blogspot.com.
Nikolova, L. (2002). A Bronze Flange-Axe from Dubene-Sarovka. Archaeologia Bulgarica, 6, 2, 13-25.