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Raking charcoal from an experimental iron smelting furnace © Historic England
Raking charcoal from an experimental iron smelting furnace © Historic England

Materials Science & Industrial Processes

Archaeologists routinely recover evidence for the production of metal and glass objects. Much of this evidence consists of waste materials which are not always easy to identify. Historic England, and its predecessor English Heritage, have produced technical guidance sampling strategies for the recovery of these waste materials, and their subsequent identification and study, This page provides an introduction to these documents.

You can contact our Science Advisors  for direct advice or contact our Material Scientists for advice on specific subject areas.

Download A Standard for Pottery Studies in Archaeology

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