Lunchtime Lecture Series - Any Old Iron? by Harold Mytum and Rob Philpott

12:00pm - 1:00pm / Monday 22nd July 2019 / Venue: The talk will take place in the Leggate Lecture Theatre Victoria Gallery & Museum
Type: Lecture / Category: Department / Series: Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Seminar Series
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To celebrate the Council for British Archaeology, Festival of Archaeology the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology are hosting a series of lunchtime lectures. This lecture series offers a chance for the public to learn more about the variety of interesting research projects currently taking place in the Department. With talks from postgraduate students, early career researchers, lecturers and Museum staff the lectures are also a great way for current and prospective students to discover the potential career pathways open to those studying in these fields.

In this talk Any Old Iron? Understanding Medieval industry and landscape management from community excavations in the Lake District World Heritage Site Harold Mytum will describe a community excavation that found evidence of a large-scale iron smelting site in the Lake District, and the surprising results that came from samples collected during the dig. The slag and charcoal reveal a detailed technology of the industry, and its impact on the local environment, in a resolution never before achieved for a British medieval iron smelting site. Samples of the iron slag will be available to handle after the talk. This lecture is great for anyone wanting to learn more about the Medieval Iron industry, archaeological excavations and post-excavation processes.