Blacksmiths' Fuel: the Analysis of Slags from Archaeological and Contemporary Iron-Working

Author(s): Joanna Dunster

This study investigates the slag produced by iron-smithing in an attempt to identify features which can be used to identify the fuel used. Slag from archaeological contexts and from contemporary blacksmithing is examined using scientific techniques to characterise its microstructure and determine its elemental and mineral composition. The results are compared and consistent distinguishing features are identified and discussed.

Report Number:
16/2012
Series:
Research Report
Pages:
19
Keywords:
Metal Working-Fe

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