Institute of Archaeology



This course introduces the origins and evolution of metallurgy up to the Renaissance, with an emphasis on the information contained in archaeological remains.

It covers the archaeologically most important metals (gold, silver, copper, bronze, tin, lead, iron, steel) and addresses extractive metallurgy, production and manufacturing techniques, from the mine to the finished artefact. Case studies are presented from research projects across the world, integrating metallurgy within wider social and economic contexts and archaeological questions.

The course is taught by lectures and some hands-on seminars.

Course information

For registered students


  • Running in 2017-18

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