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[18-20 June 2014, UK] Experimental Iron Smelting Workshop

Organised by the Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Monkton Up Wimborne, Dorset, UK

18-20 June 2014


*The photographs are courtesy of Lina Campos, UCL


A three-day workshop led by experienced iron smelter Jake Keen. The workshop will focus primarily on the practical aspects of bloomery iron smelting, including ore preparation and roasting, furnace construction, smelting in two types of furnaces (induced and natural draft), slag formation and smithing. Students will be expected to get actively involved in these activities. Informal seminars, materials handling and discussion will cover the technical foundations of iron smelting, relevant archaeometallurgical remains and some of the variability documented in the world archaeological record.

Logistics: Departure from London in the morning of Wednesday 18th June, and return in the evening of Friday 20th June. We will spend the nights at the nearby Church Farm camping site, which has showers, electricity and all necessary facilities, but students will be expected to bring their camping gear (tent and sleeping bag). Most of the day activities will take place outdoors, so waterproof clothing and strong boots will be necessary too.

Fee: £100, including transport from-to London, all meals and a contribution to materials.


IAMS/NARNIA 2014 Smelting workshop programme

Wednesday 18th June

08:30-09:00 Departure for the Church Farm Caravan and Camping Park

12:00-13:00 Lunch at the Church Farm

13:00-18:45 Museum tour and orientation

19:00 Dinner at the Church Farm

Thursday 19th June

07:30 Breakfast

08:00-13:00 Smelting activities  / experiments

13:00-13:30 Lunch

13:30-18:45 Smelting activities  / experiments

19:00 Dinner

Friday 20th June

06:30-13:00 Smelting activities / experiments

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00 Return to London


For any enquiries or to register, please email Pira Venunan (

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