A study of the roman half-products of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Bouches-du-Rhône, France. A proposal for a comprehensive metallographic approachReport as inadecuate




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1 IRAMAT - Institut de Recherches sur les Archéomatériaux 2 CEA - Centre Européen d-Archéométrie de l-Université de Liège 3 DRASSM - Département des Recherches Archéologiques Subaquatiques et Sous-Marines

Abstract : The aim of this paper is to contribute to the understanding of the organisation of the manufacture and circulation of iron bars and the possible bar standardisation of a given set of artefacts in order to throw more light on commercial patterns during Antiquity. A set of 48 iron based metal bars originating from the Roman shipwrecks at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer France has been studied using comprehensive metallographic observations, ranging from macroscopic to microscopic scales and slag inclusion SI analyses. A comparison of the results allows one to distinguish different metal qualities inclusions, pores, welding, carbon content that may be linked to morphological types, which shows the possible standardisation of this set of artefacts. Moreover, SI analyses allow distinguishing various origins for the Primary Pieces of Metal, thereby throwing light on a specific organisation of the iron bar production line during the late Roman period.

Keywords : Standardisation Metallography Slag inclusions Roman Antiquity Iron bars Trade Bloomery process





Author: Gaspard Pagès - Philippe Dillmann - Philippe Fluzin - Luc Long -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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