'...but look at the BONES!'
' Several recent papers have suggested the presence of small
fragments of bone sometimes found within the debris fields related
to bloomery iron smelting point to a possible 'ritual' practice.
How might the physical process within a complete iron making
sequence effect the ability of bone to endure or be deposited? A
typical 'short shaft' furnace will be constructed and operated
through to bloom extraction on a clean working surface. Both bone
pieces and meat containing bone of several animal types will be
added, before, during, at at the final stage of the smelting
process. Afterwards, the debris field will be examined in detail
to determine what remains of the bones. '
photography © Darrell Markewitz