Archaeometallurgy is the study of ancient and historic metallurgical technology. It
encompasses all aspects of metal production, artefact manufacture, artefact use
and disposal. It is undervalued by many archaeologists and historians (see "issues"
pages), but is essential to understanding the economies and dynamics of prehistoric
and historic communities.
The following pages provide some basic thoughts on aspects of archaeometallurgy.
Some pages are deliberately controversial, and are generated to make you think.