The 1968 Survey
The collection is made up of archaeometallurgical samples collected by a multi-disciplinary team during the summer of 1968.The collection includes: ceramic sherds, tuyères, ores, slag, and furnace remains.
There are a total of 82 samples from 29 different sites out of a total of 42 sites (not all archaeological). Since 2002 this collection has been stored at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.
The samples have been re-boxed, relabelled, photographed and catalogued. The samples have been cross-referenced with an appendix of textual data: field notebooks, letters, taped interview, photographs, published and unpublished reports.
The original catalogue pages have been digitised for this website, using a php/mysql database system. The sample pages include sample name and number, a photograph, and reference to the textual appendix (on this site known as ‘sources’) related to the samples in the Catalogue.
It is hoped in due course to scan in the more rare textual data held in the textual appendix, for ease of access but more importantly for recording the unique fragile paper documents for safe keeping.
This online catalogue has been created to make these valuable samples accessible for study and analysis by scholars world wide.
Arab, R. and Rehren, Th. (2004): The pyrotechnological expedition of 1968. In: Th. Stöllner, R. Slotta and A. Vatandoust, eds), Persiens Antike Pracht, Bergbau Handwerk Archäogie, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum, 550-555.