Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies


IAMS Summer School 2014

23 June 2014–27 June 2014, 12:00 am–12:00 am

IAMS Summer School 2012 pXRF Session

Event Information

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UCL, London, UK

This year's Summer School will be jointly hosted by UCL's Institute of Archaeology and NARNIA. It will be held at the Institute of Archaeology in London and we welcome anyone with an interest in archaeometallurgy to attend our one week course.

Running for over a decade, the IAMS Summer School typically offers classes to those 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 demonstrations with analytical instruments such as a scanning electron microscope with attached energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM-EDS) and portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF). Past summer schools have been held as far away as Beijing and at times have had an overall theme, but they tend to cover as broad a range of topics as possible.

This year IAMS is pleased to invite those interested in the field of ancient and historical metallurgy to attend our summer school on the last week of June. Following the traditional format, lectures will be given by a series of academic experts in their respective fields on various aspects of metallurgy. The lectures will focus primarily on copper and iron metallurgy, and please note that the demonstration on the analytical instrument will focus only on pXRF.

Details of the program can be found below; although, it may yet be subject to some changes.

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Date: 23rd - 27th June 2014
Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology, London, UK
Number of places available: FULL
Fee: £180 / free for UCL students and members of NARNIA
Some limited funding available - please contact us for further information
Contact person: Pira Venunan

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Final schedule

Speaker Topic
Monday 23rd Prof. Thilo Rehren Technical foundations: Mining and smelting copper and iron
Tuesday 24th Dr. Michael Charlton The analysis of bloomery iron smelting slag. Chemical analyses and multivariate statistics
Wednesday 25th Dr. Eleanor Blakelock Metallography and microstructure of archaeological metal objects
Thursday 26th Prof. Marcos Martinón-Torres pXRF in archaeometallurgy
Friday 27th Prof. Marcos Martinón-Torres Handling session
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List of speakers

Professor Thilo Rehren - UCL Qatar

Dr. Michael Charlton - UCL Institute of Archaeology

Dr. Eleanor Blakelock - British Museum

Professor Marcos Martinón-Torres - UCL Institute of Archaeology

(Please click the speaker's name for their academic background and interests)