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- All of our courses have a maximum number of people per week (see individual course page for details) and a minimum number of 4. Places are allocated on a ﬁrst come/ﬁrst served basis.
- Although we endeavour to avoid changes to our courses, we reserve the right to do so where necessary.
- Courses will be cancelled only under extreme circumstances, where alternative arrangements cannot be made or if numbers for the course are insufﬁcient. In such cases a full refund will be given.
Date: w/c 2nd July 2017
Due to the nature of the practical experiments we cannot take anyone under the age of 18 on this course.
This course is primarily a practical course. There will be a guided experimental project to construct an actual working furnace. Participants will be preparing ores, and fuel, assisting in building a furnace and will also be involved in running the furnace itself. It is an ideal opportunity to learn about the principals and techniques of archaeometallurgy and also participate in a live project.
There will also be an opportunity and materials for participants to cast small copper alloy objects to take home. There will also be practical handling sessions, looking at archaeological examples of metalworking residues. The Archaeometallurgy course will also comprise of informal on-site discussions which will introduce all aspects of the prehistoric and historic production of metal, along with the human relationship that developed with this process. Some of the topics to be covered include:
- Collecting and processing the raw materials
- Origin of metallurgy
- Copper alloys, melting, casting and working
- Precious metals
- Iron smelting and furnaces
- Iron smithing and the production of objects
- The hidden and human aspects to metal production
- The science behind archaeometallurgy, a look at x-radiography, metallography and chemical analysis
What to bring
Clothing that you are prepared to get very dirty. Wellies are essential for mixing the furnace clay. Suitable footwear for on site during the activities. For those with long hair please bring something to tie it back with. Creative ideas for small items to make.
Many of the main text books are now out of print and hard to come by. But if you can get a copy of the following (at a reasonable price) the majority of the information is still relevant
- Tylecote, R.F. 1986.The prehistory of metallurgy in the British Isles. Institute of Metals. London.
- Craddock, P. 1995. Early metal mining and production. Edinburgh University Press. Edinburgh.
- English Heritage also have written a nice guideline on archaeometallurgy and this can be found free on http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/archaeometallurgy/cfaarchaeometallurgy2.pdf
Full rate - £350 - includes course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision.
Concession rate - £280 - as above, but applicable to students and the unwaged.
Off-site charge - £240 - for those living locally or staying elsewhere, includes course fee, lunch, refreshments and supervision.
Number of places
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