Archaeology, Archaeology Conferences

Posters for ISA2010 – opinions sought!

I was going to wait for my supervisor to get back to me before I posted up the drafts of my posters. However I'm a little stalled on the second one, and would like some feedback on the first, so here it is! Poster 84 - Returning meaning to metal-detected objects Please bear in mind… Continue reading Posters for ISA2010 – opinions sought!

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

Iron ore reduction in a bloomery furnace – part 3

Well it looks like I've wrapped up the first draft of my iron smelting chemistry and processes piece and sent it off to my supervisors. It's not the literature review they hoped for, but I figure this way I won't have to explain anything when I talk about why this paper is ground-breaking or that… Continue reading Iron ore reduction in a bloomery furnace – part 3

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Early Iron in Europe – ESF funded workshop

This weekend, 27th-28th March 2010, I've been helping out at the Early Iron in Europe workshop, taking minutes. This has been extremely exciting, as the aim of the workshop is to bring together everyone involved in iron archaeometallurgy in Europe, with representatives present from more than fourteen countries. Perhaps the most valuable part of the… Continue reading Early Iron in Europe – ESF funded workshop

Archaeology, Archaeology Experimental, Archaeology Research

Nature of Technology issue of Cambridge Journal of Economics

How did I miss this? The Cambridge Journal of Economics has a whole issue on the Nature of Technology! For those of you with access (sorry, it's not open access), it's volume 34, issue 1, 2010. I'm not sure exactly why it's this journal that's acting as a venue for this stuff (maybe I'm missing… Continue reading Nature of Technology issue of Cambridge Journal of Economics

Archaeology, Archaeology Experimental, Archaeology Research

Iron ore reduction in a bloomery furnace – part 2

I've spent a lot of hours over the last couple of days trying to express every variable of bloomery iron smelting and their complex and dependent relations. At the moment, I can't seem to do it in any way that doesn't look like a spider covered in multi-coloured ink had a seizure on my page.… Continue reading Iron ore reduction in a bloomery furnace – part 2

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Theoretical positioning

My literature review is currently wallowing in the deep waters of attempting to create a diagram to explain the controllable/indirectly controllable variables in bloomery smelting and their relationships. However, I have come to the conclusion that I am also sitting in a rather lonely theoretical position. Essentially, I just want to tell stories. I may… Continue reading Theoretical positioning

Archaeology, Archaeology Experimental, Archaeology Research

Iron ore reduction in a bloomery furnace – part 1

At the moment I'm trying to produce the first draft of my literature review. This involves reading a lot of rather dull and repetitive articles, as well as wading through the kilos of paper I have photocopied in the last six months because I thought it looked 'useful'. Hmm. Probably should have read those as… Continue reading Iron ore reduction in a bloomery furnace – part 1

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Things I’ve learnt about working in a lab

Phew! Well life in findsandfeatures land has been pretty hectic for the last few days. The usual monetary pressures on a small lab mean that I'm eager to get my samples prepared before we run out of consumables at the end of the university year (July). ┬áSo I've been in the prep labs for the… Continue reading Things I’ve learnt about working in a lab

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Romano-British temple hearths and cold Christian churches

I'm just reading through a 1963 article detailing the excavations at the Romano-British temple site at Brigstock, and I was struck by how much the author┬áreally doesn't want to consider that the hearths on the surface of the floors might actually be contemporary with the shrines. I wonder if it's a Christian thing? I know… Continue reading Romano-British temple hearths and cold Christian churches