University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Elizabeth G. Hamilton

Adventures in Experimental Smelting

Iron the Old-fashioned Way

By: Elizabeth G. Hamilton

It was a perfect October day to play with fire. The sun shone brightly on the barnyard of the Peters Valley Craft Center in New Jersey as five teams hovered cautiously over waist-high furnaces streaming fire above and dribbling molten rock below. White-hot, hissing, and barely contained by a fragile skin of clay, the furnace […]