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 Access2 database is available as a Microsoft Access 2 database.
Clicking on the highlighted Access2 Adatabase above should get your web-browser to save the file on your computer in a directory of your choice.
The transfered file is a DOS self extracting file, thus you will need to get a MS-DOS window up and change to the directory that you put the file in, using the cd at the MS-DOS prompt. The run the transfer file. The dialogue should be :-
This will generate the two files that constitute the database iron2.ldb & iron2.mdb
The database consists of one table and one form. The table 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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