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
08:00-13:00 Smelting activities / experiments
13:30-18:45 Smelting activities / experiments
Friday 20th June
06:30-13:00 Smelting activities / experiments
14:00 Return to London
For any enquiries or to register, please email Pira Venunan (email@example.com).