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Making Iron The Old-Fashioned Way Is A Tricky Business

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October 14, 2005
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It's one thing to imagine how an ancient technology worked and quite another to actually get your hands dirty trying it. That's the whole idea behind "experimental archaeology" and the experiments Dan Jeffery is conducting with bloomery furnaces. Jeffery is studying bloomery furnaces that were used to make iron and steel in Europe and the United States up until about 200 years ago. These furnaces also have a long history in many cultures, stretching back more than 2,000 years.

Dan Jeffery adjusts his bloomery furnace during an experiment to produce iron using an ancient technology.
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It's one thing to imagine how an ancient technology worked and quite another to actually get your hands dirty trying it.


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