Metalworking

Creating useful or decorative items in metal

Rare Roman lance found at Caerleon

Archaeologists working on a Roman site near Caerleon, Wales have discovered an extremely rare legionary's ceremonial lance. "I don't know of any of that type in Britain," said Dr Peter Guest. (video)

9th century Islamic coin found in Oslo

Norwegian archaeologists are abuzz over the discovery of a 9th century Iranian silver dirhem, one of the earliest Middle Eastern coins found in Scandinavia. (photo)

A history of the humble fork

Everyone knows that Byzantines (being superior creatures) used forks as early as the 10th century, while other Europeans struggled at stabbing their beef with a knife. The California Academy of Sciences offers a History of Kitchen Utensils, including the fork, on their website.

Arabic coins found in Viking treasure trove

Arabic coins were recently found in a huge hoard of Viking treasure discovered recently in Sweden. The coins were part of the "largest early Viking hoard ever discovered in Sweden."

Roman subway excavations produce wonderful archaeological finds

Archaeologists working at the site of a subway line near the Piazza Venezia in Rome have made some incredible finds including a 6th century copper factory and artifacts from a Renaissance palace kitchen.

Anglo-Saxon cemetery yields treasure

The discovery of a series of 5th century Anglo Saxon graves in Kent, England has created the need for an inquest before the Kent County Council due to the wealth of artifacts found with the graves.

[CAL] Metal and Glass Workers Symposium

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From 29 August to 1 September 2008, there will be a metal and glassworkers gathering. Three Rivers is sponsoring three full days of hands-on classes and demos, ranging from blacksmithing and knife-making to repousse to coin-stamping to pewter-casting to stained glass... My list goes on and on!

This will be predominantly an outdoor event, with plenty of camping space available. There will also be a large barn on site, with poured concrete Location:
Barony of Three Rivers (Warrenton, Missouri)

Medieval belt buckle discovered in Scotland

A sewer line breakage in Perth, Scotland, has led to discovery of a copper alloy belt buckle that probably dates back to the 12th century.

Metal detectors dispute discovery of 14th century seal

Two metal detector enthusiasts are laying claim to discovery of a 13th or 14th century seal depicting the murder of Thomas Becket. The seal was found in a North Yorkshire field.

Princeton acquires Sarmas Collection

Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has acquired the Sarmas Collection of coins from 13th-14th century Greece. The 800-coin collection will "help researchers deepen their knowledge about a period of Middle Age history that has been little understood by scholars."

Emperor Valens cursed

Sometime in the 4th century, someone was REALLY cheesed off at the emperor — at least enough to curse him by defacing his image and wrapping lead around his face.

Roman feast gear found in London well

A 4th century banqueting set which once belonged to a rich Roman family was discovered recently in a well during excavation in London. The set included 19 metal vessels. (photos)

The treasures of Richard II

A website chronicling the treasure roll of Richard II, compiled in the late 14th century, "offers a rare insight into the magnificence of a late medieval English king." The site includes photos of many of the treasures listed in the Roll.

Little clock of horrors

Straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean, a 400-year-old automaton clock includes a skull that laughs, screams, bites and launches snakes from its eye sockets. (photos)

"Harrogate Hoard" wows archaeologists

"The most important Viking find in Britain in 150 years" has just been discovered in a Yorkshire field. Among the over 8,500 objects found was a rare silver gilt cup, one of only two in existence.

Steampunk enthusiast creates historical-look laptop computer

"Datamancer", as Hieronymus Isambard "Jake" von Slatt is known online, is enthusiastic about packaging modern technology in historically inspired Victorian-era enclosures, an art form known as "steampunk." This time, the project is an exquisitely-crafted and fully-functional laptop computer.

[AET] Metalsmith Symposium VI

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The Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais is proud to sponsor an intensive symposium entirely devoted to smith work, glass, enameling, casting, forge work, bang-on-it-until-it-looks-like-it-should-look work. This event has been held in the East Kingdom in past years, and we are grateful that the organizers have graciously allowed us to host it this year.

Camp Karoondinha
Glen Iron, PA, 17845
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Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais (Glen Iron, Pennsylvania)

Medieval crucifix found in trash can

An enameled medieval crucifix stolen from France by the Nazis has resurfaced in an Austrian rubbish skip. It was discovered by a china-fancier looking for old plates in the belongings of a deceased neighbor.

Father and son treasure hunters discover Viking treasure worth UK£1M

Father and son metal detector team David and Andrew Whelan unveiled a glittering haul of gold and silver Viking treasure in a North Yorkshire field, hailed as the most significant find of its kind in England for more than 150 years.

2,400 Year-Old Royal Mask Found in Bulgaria

Archaeologists in the village of Topolchane, Bulgaria have unearthed artifacts of gold, silver and pottery dating back to the 4th century B.C.E., including a golden mask.

SCA Bladesmith on The Discovery Science Channel

Njall Olaf Hagarson (Scott B. Jaqua), of the kingdom of Caid, has announced that he will appear crafting weapons on the Discovery Science Channel's Faces of Earth program on August 9, 2007.

Vardo & Wagon construction group created

Tired of being cold and damp at events? Fed up to the teeth with hours of setting up and outfitting your tent? Ever dream of just hitching up the wagon and just trailing to an event ready to go in warmth and civilized comfort but do not want to get exiled to the RV ghetto? Then maybe a Vardo or covered wagon is the thing for you!

Horse harness decoration found in Surrey

A bronze disc, believed to have decorated the harness of the horse of a 15th century lord, has been discovered in Surrey, England. The decoration may have belonged to Henry Stafford, the second Duke of Buckingham.

Pennsylvania Blacksmith Retiring, Shop for Auction

Peter A. Renzetti, AKA "The Unknown Blacksmith" and owner of Arden Forge, is retiring. His shop and all of its contents go on the auction block in mid-May in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Photos and video from Lochac's Rowany Festival

Aliena de Savigny has posted a photo album and a video from the 2007 Rowany Festival in the Kingdom of Lochac. The video deals with bead-making and iron forging.

Raj Tents

Based in India, Raj Tents manufactures elaborately-decorated pergolas, pavilions, tents, and other shelters in sizes up to 34x40 feet (10.3x12.2 meters). They offer rectangular and octagonal shelters of canvas, as well as cloth liners that can be used to dress up modern vinyl tents. The company also offers a selection of furnishings, accessories, and lighting fixtures in an Indian or Middle Eastern style.

6th century embossing die found in Sweden

An amateur archaeologist working at a burial mound near Sättuna on the outskirts of Linköping, Sweden, has discovered a 6th century patrix, a die used to emboss gold, portraying "a woman who resembles a troll."

English pewter to be auctioned at Christies

Zenobia reports that Christie's Auction House will be offering a collection of 156 pieces of pewter dating from the 16th century or before for sale on May 1, 2007. Photos from the catalog are available online.

Piece of 14th Century Clock Found in York

Researchers in York have discovered a small copper-alloy disc dating back to around 1300 that was part of an early mechanical clock.

Medieval Abbey Undergoing Refurbishment

The medieval Torre Abbey in Torquay is undergoing the first phase of a UK£6.5 million refurbishment to turn it into an educational facility and tourist attraction.