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The earliest use of steel in the British Isles

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Fragments analyzed at the Broxmouth Iron Age hill fort in Scotland have led to the discovery of the earliest use of steel in the British Isles.

They now believe artifacts recovered from the site of the Broxmouth Iron Age hill fort were made from high-carbon steel.

This would have been deliberately heated and quenched in water, indicating “sophisticated blacksmithing skills”.

The steel objects were manufactured in the years 490-375BC.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: BBC News

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