The content in this module will help you gain an understanding of the structure, production, and analysis of metals used in ancient and historic artefacts

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£TBC

Course structure

Lectures, labs and practical sessions

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate analytical research on metals and metal production debris
  • Formulate research questions that intervene in key debates about the use of pre-industrial metals
  • Differentiate between different metal production processes through the analysis of metals and their production debris
  • Design research strategies for most types of metallurgical remains found on archaeological sites.

Core content

  • Introduction to Archaeological Metals: Key Questions and Approaches
  • Ore Geology and the Metallurgical Process
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Ferrous Metals: Iron and Steel
  • Precious Metals
  • Metallography
  • Analysing Metal Production Debris: Slags and Technical Ceramics
  • Metal Provenancing
  • Case Studies

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