For the moment we will display a list of the databases and contact address. If you contact the address associated with the database, the person concerned will contact you. They will then search the database for the information you require, extract it, and forward it to you. I know this is a rather messy way of arranging things but more work is required on the databases before they can go on-line. Also, we need to know the sort of information people are likely to require and how they wish it to be presented. This method of access will hopefully give us that information.
More recently in conjunction with the E-mail discussion group Arch-metals
a bibliography of publications related to archaeo-metallurgy has been compiled.
This is not a comprehensive bibliography, but it is intended to compliment
the abstracts that appear in the Historical Metallurgy Society Journal,
in that the bibliography is updated approximately every three months.
It is intended that all both the databases and bibliography should be be directly retrievable by WWW, but this is the case only for the bibliography.
You may reproduce them freely as long as it is clearly stated where and when they were obtained, and that they remain copyright of C.J.Salter and associates.
All sites with evidence of iron-working or possible iron-working.
Smelting sites -
As much of the information presented here was culled from annual reviews of sites and work in progress in National and County journals, therefore, there is no guarantee that the information is accurate. In some instances, the National Grid references have been given incorrectly, hence the location of offshore sites. These errors will be corrected as soon as possible, however, as this project is mainly carried out by volunteers, this may not happen very quickly. You can help us, if you wish, by having a copy of the full database (sorry but IBM PC only), and checking for errors, or by informing us of new sites.
The ironworking database is available as
an Access97 database on request. The file is a DOS self extracting file, thus you
will need change to the directory you put the file from the MS-DOS prompt
using the cd command. The run the file simply by typing the filename at
the > prompt.
The database has the following structure:-
|Site No||Site Number|
|Name Site||Site Name|
|Parish||Parish, or Town|
|County||County, District, Region|
|NGR||Nation Grid Reference|
|NGR_Qual||The precision of the NGR|
|Slag Weight||Amount of metallurgy debris found (if known)|
|Mining||Presence of mining activity|
|Ore||Ore present on site|
|Blast Furnace||Blast furnace site|
|Refining||Refining (of cast iron or of blooms)|
|Unclassified||Undefined metallurgical activity on site (might not be iron-working)|
|Description||Short description of evidence|
|Edit date||Date of last editing of that record|
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