Drawing wire

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Very few experiments have been conducted on drawing wires of iron made from bog ore. One of them, however, was carried out at the forge at Lejre Land of Legends in Denmark. The iron used for the experiments was obtained from three different sites in Denmark where well-documented experiments in the extraction of bog iron ore took place. Hardwood charcoal, a 1 kg blacksmith’s hammer, two pliers (one with serrated jaws) and two modern hardened steel drawplates were used. The experiments demonstrated how the blacksmiths quickly developed a routine for extracting the soft, slag-containing iron. The experiments demonstrated that it was neither difficult to wind the wire nor to cut and assemble rings, such as those used in, for example, chain mail. But viewed in an archaeological context, the most important result was the characteristic waste left behind by the process that should be identifiable in the source material.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberhttps://exarc.net/ark:/88735/10702
VolumeJournal Issue 2023/3
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2023

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