Archaeology, Archaeology Research

Introduction to slag analysis: How iron is made in a bloomery furnace

Previous post: Introduction to Slag Analysis: What is it and why bother? Whilst writing this series I realised that without understanding how iron is made in a furnace, all this talk about slag is a bit confusing. The following is an attempt to state the process clearly and concisely. As with many aspects of the… Continue reading Introduction to slag analysis: How iron is made in a bloomery furnace

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

Introduction to slag analysis: What is it and why bother?

Following on from my introduction yesterday, I'm continuing my introduction to slag analysis with a quick and easy discussion of why we do it and what we hope to achieve. What is slag? Slag is what we call some of the remains generated by high temperature metallurgical activity. When people smelt ore into metal or… Continue reading Introduction to slag analysis: What is it and why bother?

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

Archaeological slags, an introductory blog series

I've been thinking about doing some writing about slag analysis for a while, and as I'm currently in the lab working on samples this seemed like the best time. As I have discovered, the subject of slag analysis is like an iceberg - it seems insignificant on the surface, but once you get below the… Continue reading Archaeological slags, an introductory blog series