HMS AGM 2017

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Saturday 17th June 2017
Institute of Archaeology,
UCL, London
Organised by Eleanor Blakelock

 

The Historical Metallurgy Society in conjunction with the Portable Antiquities Scheme would like to invite submissions for papers for a study day on the metallurgy of our portable heritage. This meeting is aimed at a wide variety of contributors, from archaeological metallurgists, excavators, post-excavation specialists and PAS officers. The meeting is for open to anyone interested in finding out more about metal objects; be they gold, silver, copper alloy or iron.

The day will also include some invited speakers, but proposals for oral papers related to metallurgical aspects of the following topics are welcome:
• Using the PAS data for the analysis and/or interpretation of metal objects or assemblages
• Manufacture and use of small metal objects
• Recent work on small find assemblages from excavations
• New metal finds both from excavations and the PAS
• Metal conservation of our portable heritage

The registration fee is £25 which also includes all tea/coffee breaks and lunch (£20 for students). Deadline for registration is the 10th of June. The HMS AGM is being held at 1pm and is free for all members, but please contact the organiser below in advance.

Call for papers details are here

Link to programme is here

Link to booking form is here, and online bookings here

For more information please contact Eleanor Blakelock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Experimental Event

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Saturday 26th November 2016
Down Farm, Cranborne
Gill Juleff and Jake Keen

 

HMS, with Exeter University and the generous support of the GB Sasakawa Foundation, is pleased to be hosting three visitors from Japan. To give those interested in learning more about historical metallurgy in Japan as well as experimental smelting both here and in Japan, we are holding an informal day meeting centered around an experimental smelt by Jake Keen. The smelt will be outdoors but there is also a barn with tea-making facilities, power points and seating where there will be an opportunity to network with Professor Murakami and Yasufumi Sasazawa and Seiji Manabe. There may also be an opportunity for participants to join a guided tour of the archaeological sites and museum at Down Farm during the day.

Numbers will be limited, so if you are interested in attending please email Gill Juleff This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure your place or for more information.

Location: Martin Green’s Down Farm, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset SP5 5RY (grid reference ST 999 149). Turn off the A354 signposted Wimborne St Giles. Continue a short distance along this road. Take the tarmac lane on the right (signposted "Down Farm"). The farm is past the cottages on the right-hand side.

 

This event has kindly been sponsored by the Sasakawa foundation

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Iron in Archaeology: Bloomery Smelters and Blacksmiths in Europe and Beyond

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Conference in honour of Radomír Pleiner
Tuesday 30th May to Thursday the 1st June 2017
Prague
Jiří Hošek on behalf of the Comité Pour la Sidérurgie Ancienne (CPSA)

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars involved in research on early ironworking and to share the newest results and experiences achieved in this field. Very welcome contributions are those informing about recently excavated bloomeries and smithies, about results of analyses of slags and iron artefacts, about new analytical methods developed, new trends and achieved results in experimental archaeometallurgy of iron etc. The conference is organised in honour of Radomír Pleiner in the 50th year of the CPSA.

The Historical Metallurgy Society is proud to be contributing to this event. As such two prizes sponsored by HMS will be awarded at this event for the best oral presentation and poster presentation by a student (or recent graduate within 12 months of graduation) at the meeting as chosen by those members of HMS Council present plus members of the conference scientific committee.

Call for papers details are available here

For more information please visit the conference website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Research in Progress Meeting

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Tuesday 29th November 2016
University of Birmingham
Eleanor Blakelock

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.

The event will be held in room GC 17 in Metallurgy and Materials Building. This is building G6 on the University campus map, the event is taking place in C Block. A link to the map can be found here.

Link to provisional programme is available here

Online booking for this event is now closed, as there are limited places available. If you wish to attend please contact me using the email below to ensure there is a seat available.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Anniversary of Cyfarthfa Ironworks

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17th-19th June 2016
Merthyr Tydfil
Tim Young

 This meeting celebrates two separate anniversaries

  • 250th anniversary of the construction of Cyfarthfa Ironworks (1765-7)

  • 225th anniversary of the first successful commercial implementation of the puddling process (1791)

Based in the Merthyr Tydfil area, this conference will discuss a range of related toptics including the story of puddling (technology, economics, social history, engineering implications, international adoption), as well as the wider story of iron conversion technology and the broader development, social history and context of the iron industry in Merthyr Tydfil and South Wales from 1750 to 1950. There will also be discussion of the development of Cyfarthfa Ironworks and its people (Bacon, the Homfrays, the Crawshays, their engineers and partners).

On Friday before the conference starts there is a rare opportunity to visit Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine (book early as numbers limited). On Sunday there will be another excursion through the sites of the Taff Valley in Merthyr, excursion on foot (approx 7km) but transfer between many of the sites may be made by car. Sites to be visited include:

  • Merthyr (Penydarren) Tramroad tunnel,
  • Ynysfach Ironworks,
  • Chapel Row,
  • Cyfarthfa Ironworks

More information about the anniversaries, and ironworks and the call for papers is available here.

The provisional programme is here and details of the presentations here.

Link to booking form is here (this also includes travel and accommodation information). Online bookings are now open, if you are attending the AGM this is free but if you would like lunch get in touch with Tim Young.

Accommodation is not provided by the society and it is suggested that delegates book into the Premier Inn adjacent to the conference venue, as early as possible to receive cheaper prices.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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