Last week I volunteered at the Historical Metallurgy Society's Accidental and Experimental Archaeology Conference. The meeting was organised by David Dungworth of English Heritage, and Roger Doonan of Sheffield University, and took place at West Dean College, near Chichester. A number of UCL students arrived on Tuesday to help with the set-up for the conference,… Continue reading HMS Accidental and Experimental Archaeology Conference
HMS Research in Progress 2010!
As I mentioned previously, I'm organising the one-day, current work in metallurgy conference for the Historical Metallugy Society. We're holding it at UCL, on Wednesday 10th November. This is rather exciting, and we're hoping to get lots of interesting people to speak. I'd particularly like to get a few people from outside academia to come… Continue reading HMS Research in Progress 2010!
HMS Research in Progress meeting 2010
In a surprising burst of motivation and enthusiasm I offered to organise the Historical Metallurgy Society's Research in Progress meeting for 2010 with a colleague of mine. I have spent the whole of today watching hawk-like over my email as I have sent numerous letters back and forth, but I have successfully settled on a… Continue reading HMS Research in Progress meeting 2010
HMS Annual conference 2010
On Thursday and Friday, 2-3rd of September, the Historical Metallurgy Society is holding its annual conference, entitled 'Accidental and Experimental Archaeometallurgy'. The venue is West Dean College, near Chichester in West Sussex, which is incidentally where UCL IoA holds its undergrad 'PrimTech' two week outing every year, so they're used to crazy archaeologists turning up… Continue reading HMS Annual conference 2010
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
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