Mike Charlton
  • m.charlton@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 8872
  • Internal: 28872
  • Room 613
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Mike Charlton

  • BA, MA, PhD
  • Marie Curie Research Fellow

Research Interests

Archaeological science (materials science and quantitative methods), preindustrial technology, cultural transmission theory, evolutionary archaeology, European archaeology (later prehistory to medieval) 

Current Research

Geochemical Provenance Mapping of Pre-Roman Ironworking sites in Britain (IRONWORKS)

The IRONWORKS project combines innovative data analytic techniques with geochemical characterization methods to build a multi-element provenance database of smelting slag from primary iron production sites. This work will add a critical piece to the iron provenance puzzle, allowing researchers to realize the promise of advances in slag inclusion analysis and test a robust series of artefact sourcing hypotheses across multiple elemental and geographic scales. Investigations will focus on Pre-Roman Iron Age iron production sites in Britain.

Research Directory Records


  • 2012-present Team Member—Gresham Ship ProjectMultivariate provenance analysis of a collection of iron bars using the chemical characterizations of slag inclusions and smelting slag training sets
  • 2011-present Team Member—Industries of Angkor ProjectCultural transmission analysis of ironmaking recipes in Cambodia using chemical characterizations of ironmaking slag
  • 2003-present Team Member—Experimental Investigation of Bloomery Ironmaking Systems Analysis and characterization of ironmaking products and residues derived from experimental bloomery smelting systems carried out at Plas Tan y Bwlch, Wales

Educational Background

  • 2007 PhD - Ironworking in Northwest Wales: An Evolutionary Analysis
    Co-Supervisors: Thilo Rehren and Stephen ShennanUCL Institute of Archaeology, London
  • 2002 MA - Explaining Temporal Variation in Slag Chemistry at the Titelberg Hillfort, Luxembourg
    Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
  • 1997 BA - AnthropologyUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

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