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Introduction to Pre-Industrial Ironmaking

Course Date: 10th May


Time: 10am-3pm


Cost: £25


Course Tutor: Dr. Roderick MacKenzie

Roderick has had an interest in archaeology, particularly industrial archaeology for about 30 years, and has worked as a freelance Archaeometallurgist for over 10 years. He has a special interest in prehistoric and historic production of iron and steel, and also has some experience of more recent ferrous and non-ferrous metals production.  Roderick’s enthusiasm for archaeometallurgy is contagious, and he enjoys the opportunity to pass on his knowledge of the subject in an informal and accessible way.


Venue: This course will be taught in the classroom at our Wath-Upon-Dearne site.


Description: This course will explore the development of iron smelting and production prior to the introduction of coke fired blast furnaces, from the early Iron Age through to the beginning of the 18th century.


Secondary focus of this course will centre on the chemistry and physics of ironmaking, in order to to give participants a deeper understanding of the processes that go on during smelting and forging.


Participants will also have the opportunity to examine archaeological samples of different iron-making residues, and discuss the importance of such residues in their archaeological context.


Teaching will be conducted through a combination of lecture, discussion and practical work.




Registration for this course is now closed.If you would be interested in taking this workshop in the future (either at our classroom facility or with your own group), please contact us at info@elmetarchaeology.co.uk and let us know!