2012 Summer School 

IAMS Summer School 2012 pXRF Session

It has been a long standing tradition at IAMS to offer a short intensive course on archaeo-metallurgy every summer for those who seek to understand metallurgy from an archaeological perspective. This course aims to cover a wide range of fundamental topics from 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.

This year, IAMS and NARNIA are pleased to invite those interested in the field of ancient and historical metallurgy to our two-week summer school on the last week of June to the first week of July. Following the traditional format, lectures will be given by a series of academic experts in their respective fields on various aspects of metallurgy. Details of the program are still being finalised but a broad overview can be found below.


IAMS Summer School 2012 Handling Session

Date: 25th June – 6th July 2012
Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology, London, UK
Number of places available: 20 (allocated on a first-come, first-served basis)
Fee: £300 (both weeks) / £180 (one week) / free for UCL students and NARNIA fellows (travel, accommodation, and meals not provided)
Some limited funding available – please contact us for further information
Contact person: Pira Venunan, email: pira.venunan.10@ucl.ac.uk



First Week (25th-29th June)

Mining in Archaeology

Second Week (2nd-6th July)


  • Introduction to Mining Archaeology 1

Professor Tim Shaw

  • Introduction to Archaeo-metallurgy and Process Reconstruction
  • Early Metallurgy and Crucible Technology

Professor Thilo Rehren

  • Introduction to Mining Archaeology 2

Professor Tim Shaw

  • Lead and Silver Metallurgy
  • Iron Metallurgy: Direct and Indirect Process and Crucible Steel
  • Damascus Steel
  • Anthropology of metallurgy

Professor Thilo Rehren
Dr. Ann Feuerbach

  • Mining and Metallurgy in British Isles
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Handling Session

Dr. Simon Timberlake

  • Crucible Handling Session
  • SEM Session

Professor Thilo Rehren
Dr. Marcos Martinón-Torres

  • Excavating Ancient Mining and Metallurgy 1

Dr. Brigitte Cech

  • Zinc and Brass
  • Assaying, Alchemy and Crucibles in the Renaissance World
  • Slag and Ingot Handling Session

Dr. Marcos Martinón-Torres

  • Excavating Ancient Mining and Metallurgy 2

Dr. Brigitte Cech

  • The Analysis of Metallic Artefacts: Gold inAmerica, Bronze in China
  • Use of a Portable XRF in Analysing Metals

Dr. Marcos Martinón-Torres


Professor Tim Shaw – Mining Engineering and Geology– formerly with Imperial College of Science and Technology

Dr. Simon Timberlake – Prehistoric Mining, British Bronze Age, Experimental Archaeo-metallurgy – Cambridge Archaeological Unit, University of Cambridge

Dr. Brigitte Cech – Mining and Industrial Archaeology, Roman Iron Production – Independent Archaeologist

Professor Thilo Rehren – Process Reconstruction, Crucible Technology, Metal Production – UCL Qatar

Dr. Marcos Martinón-Torres – Alchemy and Chemistry, Technical Ceramics, Brass-making – UCL Institute of Archaeology

Dr. Ann Feuerbach - Damascus crucible steel, Material Culture and Technology as Anthropology – Hofstra University

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