IAMS Archaeometallurgy Summer School 2017

Start: Jun 12, 2017 09:00 AM
End: Jun 23, 2017 05:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

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The Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies (IAMS) will host its annual Archaeometallurgy Summer School at the Institute of Archaeology from 12-23 June.

Running for two decades, the IAMS Summer School in Archaeometallugy is offered to anyone interested in the archaeology of metallurgy. The course is aimed at professionals, academics, students, and enthusiasts and covers a diverse range of topics, including mining, metal production, experimental reconstruction, field methods, to the analysis of metallic artefacts.

Lectures typically cover both ferrous and non-ferrous metals and will involve artefact handling sessions as well as, depending on the topic, demonstrations with analytical instruments or field experiments.

This year, the Summer School will take place 12-23 June, primarily at the Institute of Archaeology but also including a three day experimental iron smelting workshop in Monkton Up Wimborne, Dorset.


Week 1 (12-16 June): Archaeometallurgy of early metal production: foundations, materials and analyses

  • Monday: Foundations. Ores, smelting, crucibles, furnaces and slag (Marcos Martinón-Torres)
  • Tuesday am: Early metallurgy in the Balkans (Miljana Radivojevic)
  • Tuesday pm: Handling session (Miljana Radivojevic)
  • Wednesday am: Early metallurgy in the Iberian Peninsula (Ignacio Montero-Ruiz)
  • Wednesday pm: Early metallurgy in China (Kunlong Chen)
  • Thursday am: Non-ferrous metallurgy: mixed topics (Thilo Rehren)
  • Thursday pm: handling session (Thilo Rehren)
  • Friday am: Foundations of iron smelting (Thilo Rehren)
  • Friday pm: handling session (Thilo Rehren)

Week 2 (19-23 June): Archaeometallurgy of iron: field, metallography and experiments

  • Monday: Fieldwork and excavation of metallurgical sites. Iron smithing (Brigitte Cech)
  • Tuesday: Metallography and microstructure of iron objects (Eleanor Blakelock)
  • Wednesday-Friday: Experimental iron smelting workshop. Monkton Up Wimborne, Dorset, UK (Jake Keen / Marcos Martinón-Torres)

A three-day workshop led by experienced iron smelter Jake Keen, together with archaeometallurgist Marcos Martinón-Torres. The workshop will focus primarily on the practical aspects of bloomery iron smelting, to follow the class-based introductions to the archaeology and science of iron smelting. It will include ore preparation and roasting, furnace construction, smelting in two types of furnaces (induced and natural draft), slag formation and smithing. Students will be expected to get actively involved in these activities.

Further details

  • Dates: 12-23 June 2017
  • Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology, London, UK
  • Fees: Week 1: £200; Week 2: £300 (includes travel, accommodation, and meals during the experimental workshop); Two weeks: £450. Some additional subsidy may be available for students in financial hardship – please contact Marcos Martinón-Torres if you would like to discuss this
  • For all enquiries please contact Carlotta Farci (carlotta.farci.13@ucl.ac.uk)