My interest in early medieval iron began with the study of the Anglo-Scandinavian
iron assemblage from Coppergate, York (McDonnell 199*). There is a clear dichotomy
between the extensive knowledge of the smithing technology with the poor knowledge
of smelting sites and technology. The smiths display exceptional skills, including
the manipulation of high carbon steels derived from cast iron (Mack et al 2001)
The following pages summarise our current knowledge.