Student Uses "Experimental Archaeology" to Work Iron

Ph.D candidate in Materials Science and Engineering Dan Jeffery is using ancient technologies to understand how bloomery furnaces work. Bloomery furnaces were in common use "in Japan, Renaissance Europe, ancient Rome, Africa, and many other places to make iron and steel for armor, swords, locks, tools and hundreds of other household items."

"'We have some concept of what was done, but being able to do it successfully from a control perspective and yet still trying to use ancient materials is a little more challenging,' Jeffery said."