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BodewinTheSilent
Wednesday, July 17th, 2002, 10:39 PM
Steel could be 800 years older than previously thought

Researchers in West Yorkshire think they have found evidence that steel was produced 800 years earlier than previously thought.

Dr Gerry McDonnell and Ivan Mack from the University of Bradford believe Saxons who lived in England more than 1,000 years ago used the same type of high quality steel that made it famous during the Industrial Revolution.

The ingots were discovered in the ancient buried port of Hamwic, now called Southampton.

"This turns the conventional idea about early iron-making on its head," said Mr McDonnell.

"It proves that blacksmiths made high-quality, clean steel a thousand years before Huntsman's developments in Sheffield in the 1740s."

The fist-sized chunk of metal was most likely developed as a small nugget of steel that was would have been made into knives and other tools, reports the Human Oasis website.

Research indicates the steel used is two to three times stronger than other techniques of the time.

"This steel was only probably made in small quantities and was very expensive," added Mr McDonnell.

"When the demand for steel increased in the Middle Ages, mass production of poor quality metal forced out the higher-quality product."

The discovery was made as part of research carried out by the Ancient Metallurgy Research group of Archaeological Science.

Story filed: 22:16 Wednesday 4th July 2001

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_344415.html

GreenHeart
Thursday, July 18th, 2002, 10:46 AM
I don't know, but White people did invent metal making thousands of years ago. Check out this site:

http://www.wcotc.com/books/whitehistory/index.htm

PS: nice signature!

kaleun
Friday, July 19th, 2002, 09:21 PM
They knew how to make swords by melding different metals together; they formed a core of different metals and twisted them together while hot to give strength to the blade. In a recent tv programme about the Anglo-Saxons the term 'steel" was used to refer to the metal used.

BodewinTheSilent
Saturday, July 20th, 2002, 10:17 PM
Originally posted by NordicPower88
I don't know, but White people did invent metal making thousands of years ago. Check out this site:

http://www.wcotc.com/books/whitehistory/index.htm


Ah... the notorious and ubiquitous Arthur Kemp! ;) :D


PS: nice signature!

Thank you fraulein. :) Remember, when you reach 50 posts, ask Wehrmacht to make an Avatar for you, I'm sure he'll make a magnificent job of it. :D My own Avatar and Sig derives from the same source. I'm allowed to use mine, it's a perk of the job. :)

davison6
Thursday, July 25th, 2002, 12:42 AM
Originally posted by kaiserfranz
They knew how to make swords by melding different metals together; they formed a core of different metals and twisted them together while hot to give strength to the blade. In a recent tv programme about the Anglo-Saxons the term 'steel" was used to refer to the metal used. Thats actually a rather ancient technique, spread by Aryan metalworkers from Gaul to Siberia (whence it was taken to Japan and adapted for the famous samurai swords. Swords found in Hungary dating to the third millenium BC have displayed the first use of this metalwork. And the Romans were making carbon steel by the mid first millenium BC.