The Ho Group, an experimental archaeology group who meet in Denmark and who are committed to research into early artillery and gunpowder, announce their latest, exciting, venture and invite you to participate.

Our latest project is to construct a replica of a late medieval reverbatory furnace and cast cannon as close as possible to late medieval and early modern methods and techniques. To this end, we have built an experimental small-scale reverbatory furnace using early 16th century documentation and we invite you to the first, experimental, casting in May 2019.

Although the first, experimental, furnace is built, it has not yet been tested and we are planning to melt about 250 kg of bronze and cast a number of small cannon. The moulds, made in precisely the same way as in the late medieval period, will be of a surviving mid-15th century cannon, and the melting and casting will be done with wood.

The project will take place in the week of the 11 – 18 May 2109 with the actual casting probably on the 15th/16th though this is not guaranteed. We would like you to join us, to participate and be a part of this unique project.

There is very limited accommodation at the Medieval Centre – available on a first come, first served basis. Hotel accommodation is also available at the Hotel Lieslund (within walking distance of the Centre) or at the Hotel Falster (some 5km away).

If you would like to join us for what, we are sure, will be a unique event, please contact Kay Smith at:

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The casting will take place at the Medieval Centre, Middelaldercentret, in Nykobing, Falster some 100km south of Copenhagen. By air, Nykobing is easy to reach by train from Copenhagen. By road, the easiest way is via the Puttgarden/Rodby ferry from Germany.

Middelaldercentret, Ved Hamborgskoven 2-4, 4800 Nykøbing, Falster, Denmark




Research in Progress Meeting

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Tuesday 6th November 2018
Kings Manor, York
Vanessa Castagnino

Online bookings is closed as the event is full. Please contact the event organiser to go on the reserve list.

This meeting is aimed at a wide variety of contributors, from historical and archaeological metallurgists to excavators, historians, and economists. If you are working, or have just finished working, on a project related to archaeological or historical metallurgy, we would like to hear from you. We are particularly interested in bringing together contract and public-sector archaeologists with academic researchers, and in fostering links between the different disciplines studying metallurgy and related activities. Whether you are a student, a researcher, an interested non-specialist, or a professional excavator, we invite you to meet others working in this field and present your research to an interested community.

A prize is awarded for the best presentation by a student (or recent graduate within 12 months of graduation) at the meeting as chosen by those members of HMS Council present.

NEW! In addition to the prize, The Historical Metallurgy Society is offering a small number of travel bursaries for students presenting papers. If you are a student and would like to be considered, please indicate with your submission.

Call for papers details here

Link to provisional programme is here

Online bookings is closed as the event is full. Please contact the event organiser to go on the reserve list. The cost for this meeting is £30 for members and £15 for students, which includes tea/coffee and lunch.

For those in York and fancy dinner, join us at Las Iguanasin (21 Back Swinegate) at 7.00pm (please email the organiser below if you would like to join us), followed by The Hole In The Wall (9 High Petergate) from 9pm for a pint of real ale!

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Power and Control over Metallurgy Production 


Summer Meeting

Saturday 8th June 2019
Reading Town Hall

Eleanor Blakelock


This meeting will explore how metal production was controlled in different societies, in the UK and further afield. The plan is to explore control in a range of periods, including how the Roman military controlled iron production in the UK and beyond, the Anglo-Saxon elites control and use of precious metals in Anglo-Saxon workshops and even exploring Chinese control over iron production during the Warring States period.

The venue for the meeting is Reading, which had one of the richest monasteries with a royal connection and the museum has a display of finds from nearby Silchester. The meeting will be held in the Victorian Town Hall.

A link to the programme is provided here

The registration fee is £35 for members and £45 for non-HMS members includes all tea/coffee breaks and lunch (£25 for all students). The HMS AGM is being held at 1pm and is free for all members, but please contact the organiser below in advance.

To register for the conference click here.

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What's Mined is Yours:
Making the most of our Metallurgical Heritage


HMS AGM and British Museum joint conference

Saturday 16th June 2018
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
British Museum

Loic Boscher

Aude Mongiatti


The study of historical and archaeological metallurgy is arguably at a turning point, having evolved out of the shared interests of industrial metallurgists, geologists, and archaeologists, it has coalesced into a discipline in its own right. Contemporary research is now un ravelling ever more information embedded within metallurgical remains, from the aesthetic significance of objects to the valuable material information contained within degradation and manufacturing waste products holding socio-cultural insights about trade and technologies. Helped along by technological advances, these new interpretative techniques have not been exclusively driven by esoteric academic pursuits but equally so by an increasing public awareness of the value of our metallurgical heritage. This is due to a confluence of social, political, and economic changes happening over the last few decades. Indeed, the normalising of metal detecting in many countries, the rising popularity of archaeology in the mainstream media, and the continued onward march of urban development highlighting the threat to a rapidly disappearing industrial landscape have all played a role in altering political and public perceptions of what constitutes valuable heritage. The challenge now lies in managing the ever expanding mountain of material, landscapes, and data available while simultaneously catalysing this wave of public interest to help preserve our metallurgical past. 

The British Museum and the Historical Metallurgy Society would like to invite submissions for papers and poster presentations for this one day conference and the Socitety's AGM on the topic of the archaeology, conservation, analysis, and/or presentation of metallurgical heritage. A broad interpretation of this topic is welcomed, as are submissions from related fields, but we particularly encourage discussion within the following themes:

New approaches to the analysis and conservation of metallurgical remains and metallic objects
• Metallurgy, metals, and museums
• Metallurgical and industrial landscapes
• Public involvement and engagement

Link to the provisional programme is available here.

Booking is available through the British Museums booking system, we advise early booking as this event will be open to the general public as well as HMS members (who gain a discount). There is no charge to attend the AGM but if you intending to attend the AGM only, please inform the conference organisers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Archaeometallurgy in Europe 2019


19th to 21st of June
Miskole, Hungary


These conferences represent the most important forum for scientific discussion on early metalworking in Europe and other related regions of the Old World. The most important goal of this scientific symposium is to present new insights, new approaches and new results of complex examinations in the field of archaeometallurgy.

The fifth conference will be held in Miskolc, in Hungary, from the 19th to the 21st of June 2019. It is organized by the Institute of Metallurgy, the Institute of Physical Metallurgy, Metalforming and Nanotechnology and Department of Prehistory and Archaeology of the University of Miskolc (ME), represented by the Archaeometallurgical Research Group of the University of Miskolc (ARGUM), in collaboration with the Institute of Archaeology of the Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of the Sciences (MTA BTK RI), the Special Committee of Materials Sciences and Technology of the Regional Committee of Miskolc of the Hungarian Academy of the Sciences (MTA MAB ATSZB), the Special Committee of Industrial Archaeology and Archaeometry of the Regional Committee of Veszprém of the Hungarian Academy of the Sciences (MTA VEAB IAMB) and the Archaeometry Research Group of the Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research of the Hungarian Academy of the Sciences (MTA GGI AKCS).

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HMS Offers Prize

The Historical Metallurgy Society ( is pleased to offer a HMS Prize for the Best Student Oral Presentation, and a HMS Prize for the Best Student Poster at the 2019 Archaeometallurgy in Europe Conference. The prizes will consist of a diploma, a free one-year subscription to HMS and a financial reward. 

All posters and oral presentations with a student as lead author/presenter will be considered for these awards, those interested in being considered must email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. please include your name and the title of your presentation.

The judging panel, made up of members of the HMS Council and the Archaeometallurgy in Europe International Scientific Committee, will base their decision on the combined merits of the originality, rigour and significance of the research presented, as well as the design and delivery of the poster or presentation.