Skip to comments.Handful of Iron Beads Offer Clues to Solve Mystery of Ancient Iron Forges
Posted on 01/02/2010 5:55:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv
When archaeologist Ruth Iren Øien noticed a cluster of tiny iron beads in the ground, she knew she was onto something. She did not know, however, that her team had stumbled upon Scandinavia's oldest and most complex group of iron forges... The iron beads were first found in November 2008, right at the very end of a highly weather-dependent field season in Norway. With frost about to set in, further investigation had to wait until the summer of 2009. But in July, Øien's team returned to the site. The iron beads that had piqued Øien's interest were only 1 to1.5 millimetres in diameter. But they were sufficient to make her realize they might be residue from a smithy. It turned out she was right, but the number of forges on the small field surprised everyone... The excavations uncovered more than 200 construction-related artefacts, including post holes, forges, fireplaces and wall ditches. "Even though we have only uncovered half of the area, we have already found seven forges," says Preben RØnne, the museum's project manager for the site... The forges were found at Forsetmoen, a rural area about 1.5 hours south of Trondheim, Norway. The scientists believe the location is anything but coincidental.
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Preben RØnne and Ruth Iren Øien at the artifact storage room, looking at the material from the forges. Photo: Tove Eivindsen/NTNU Museum(different source and story link)
Thank you FR and good night!
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Stands to reason. The first iron was made from black sand found along stream beds.
Thanks guys-! This stuff interests me greatly, as you’ll see if you visit jmsknives.com To see some of my handiwork-! Bladesmithing is a hobby of mine-! Any feedback appreciated-!
That certainly clears up the location....
Great post...interesting stuff.
In New Jersey, the early colonial iron manufacturing used “bog iron”. Clumps of sand and rust that had consolidated from the action of acidic waters caused by the local plants and trees.
That brief history of steel link is fantastic — just the right length and amount of detail.
Thanks for posting this I do blacksmithing for a hobbie.
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