Our research is available online through the Historic England reports series, and in site reports and journals. We provide advice on best practice, and have published guidance on:
- Archaeological Evidence for Glassworking
- Guidance for Archaeological and Historical Pottery Production Sites and
- Science for Historic Industries.
We conduct and commission scientific research into archaeological objects, mainly metal and glass, and also the waste (slag) from their production. We use scientific techniques to work out how, where, when and why different materials were made in the past.
The scientific equipment in our laboratory includes:
- Scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM-EDS)
- X-ray fluorescence spectrometers
- X-ray diffractometer
We hold several thousand samples taken from archaeological artefacts, tools and production waste from metal and glass manufacture. This research collection is available for study by prior arrangement.
Our collections also include a range of slags and other production waste, which are used for teaching and training.
Who we are
Sarah Paynter provides expertise in ancient technology within the Archaeological Conservation and Technology team.
We work closely with special interest groups such as:
Fort Cumberland Road,
Also of interest...
Historic England technical guidance covering materials science and technological processes in archaeology.