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1,000-year-old iron-smelting furnace found in Cambodia

An Angkor-era iron-smelter has been found in Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. “The way that we think they built them is that they constructed the furnaces out of clay: They smelt the iron and then, to extract the bloom, they had to break down the walls,” Mr. Hendrickson said on Saturday. Indications are

18th-century iron foundry found in England

A rare iron foundry which dates back to the 1700s has been found during a dig in northwestern England. The foundry buildings are shown arranged around three sides of a courtyard with three large roadside buildings and the iron-monger shops to the north. Excavation revealed evidence of two large rooms, one which

Oldest mine in the Americas found in Chile

An iron oxide mine date back 12,000 years has been found in Chile, making it the oldest mine yet found in the Americas. The iron oxide mined by the Huentelauquen Indians was used as a pigment in dying cloth and in religious rituals, revealing an unexpected sophistication in what was

2,400-year-old Iberian weapons discovered in Spain

A collection of weapons belonging to Iberian warriors have been found at La Bastida de les Alcusses in Valencia. Excavations have recovered over 60 iron objects in a small area of the western entrance to the village of La Bastida, including weapons, rods and nails belonging to the jamb of

2,500-year-old tomb found in Vietnam

A 2,500-year-old tomb has been found in Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. Between July and November, archaeologists from the Archaeology Institute and the Khanh Hoa Museum excavated this site, collecting more than 2,000 objects including tools and jewelry made of bronze, iron, porcelain, bone and shells. Dr. Tran Quy Thinh, the leader of the

Scandinavia’s oldest and most complex group of iron forges

Archaeologists in Norway have discovered the oldest and most complex group of iron forges ever to be found in the area. The iron beads that had piqued Øien's interest were only 1 to1.5 millimetres in diameter. But they were sufficient to make her realize they might be residue from a smithy.

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