Volume 20 Number 1/2 January /June 1997
Martha Goodway, Associate Editor
The 31st International Symposium on Archaeometry at the Hungarian
National Museum has been announced for 27 April-1 May 1998. The conference
fee will be about US$200, US$80 for students. Abstracts are due November
1, 1997. Write Katalin T. Biró, Hungarian National Museum, Department
of Information, H-1450 Budapest Pf. 124, Hungary; tel/fax 36-1-210-1338;
email H5852tbi@ella.hu. Downloadable
forms and the latest information on Archaeometry ë98 is available on the
World Wide Web at http://origo.hnm.hu/ametry98/homep1.html.
The Fourth International Conference on the Beginning
of the Use of Metals and Alloys - BUMA IV - has been announced by the
Japan Institute of Metals for 25-27 May 1998 in Matsue, Shimane, Japan.
There will be a field tour on May 28 and 29. Preliminary registration can
be made immediately to: BUMA IV Secretariat, Prof. Hiroyuki Katayama, Faculty
of Science and Engineering, Shimane University, Nishi Kawazucho 1060, Matsue,
690 Japan; telephone 81-852-32-6517, fax 81-852-32-6598, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do not forget to include your address and fax number. One-hundred-word
abstracts are due 30 June 1997. Registration will be Y40,000 reduced to
Y30,000 if received by March 1998. Complete information is posted on the
World Wide Web at: http://wwwsoc.nacsis.ac.jp/jim/06-17.html.
The 1997 Archaeological Sciences conference, Archaeological
Sciences ë97, has been announced by the Department of Archaeology of
the University of Durham for the 2nd to 4th of September. The subject matter
is quite broad, ranging from human evolution and biochemical analysis to
geoarchaeology. The address for further information is: South Road, Durham
DH1 3LE UK; telephone 44-191-3743625; fax 44-191-3743619; email A.R.Millard@Durham.ac.uk.
The proceedings of the previous meeting, held at Liverpool,
Archaeological Sciences 1995, edited by A.G.M. Sinclair, E.A. Slater,
and J.A.J. Gowlett, was published last November in two volumes; each volume
is priced at £35.00 and can be obtained from Oxbow Books, Park End
Place, Oxford OX1 1HN, UK; fax 44-1865-794449.
Donald B. Wagnerís new book is The Traditional
Chinese Iron Industry and its Modern Fate, which explores the economic
history of the Chinese traditional iron industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.
It includes a discussion of the results of traditional methods of iron
production during the Great Leap Forward of 1958-9 and the author points
out some of partial successes in what is generally conceded to have been
a massive failure. A version can be seen on World Wide Web at http://coco.ihi.ku.dk/~dbwagner/Fate/Fate.html.
The book (ISBN 0-7007-0951-7) is in hardcover, has 128 pages and is published
by the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen and Curzon Press,
London. Limited quantities are available until August at half price, £17.50,
from the Nordic Institute. They accept American Express, Visa and MasterCard.
Orders can be sent to email@example.com.
A monograph on the archaeological corrosion of bronze
has been published by the The Central Board of National Antiquities and
the National Historical Museums in Sweden as Konserveringstekniska Studier
Rapport RIK 10: Deterioration of Archaeological Material in Soil: Results
on Bronze Artefacts, by Einar Mattson, Anders G. Nord, Kate Tronner,
Moniker Fjästad, Agneta Lagerlöf, Inga Ullén and Gunnar
Ch. Borg. They have examined artefacts and the soil from which they were
excavated as well and subjected their data to multivariate statistical
analysis. There is also a section on deterioration of objects in collections.
The book is in English and is available (ISBN 91-7209-014-6, ISSN 1101-4725)
for 300SeK from Riksantikvarieämbetet Informationsavdelningen Förlagsenheten,
Box 5405, S-114 84 Stockholm, Sweden.
The Archaeotechnology section in the JOM, the
Journal of the Mining, Metals, and Materials Society conducted by Robert
Ehrenreich presented ìMining communities in history: an Industrial legacyî
in the December 1996 issue (pp. 54-56). This is his report of the conference
in July on the social, spacial and ideological foundations of mining that
was organized by Bernard Knapp, Vincent C. Pigott and David Killick in
In the March 1997 issue Carol Meyer of the Oriental
Institute of the University of Chicago presented ìBir Umm Fawakhir: insights
into ancient Egyptian miningî (pp. 64-67.) The site is located in the desert
east of Luxor and is (for Egypt) rather late, dating to the 4th and 5th
centuries AD in the Coptic (Byzantine) period, though there is evidence
of earlier exploitation. Meyerís survey shows a mining settlement estimated
to have supported as many as a thousand workers, and gold values well below
mines of the pharaonic period, strongly suggesting that these had already
been mined out. A hypertext-enhanced version of her article can be found
In the May issue (pp. 61-65) Thomas L. Sanders reports
in ìManufacturing the American ax: radical technological changeîon blacksmithing
experiments that shed light on the development in the early 19th century
of the wedge axe from its European antecedents. It is based on his masterís
thesis at the University of Minnesota, and includes measurements of time,
material and fuel consumption that have the surprising result that a Merovingian
axe used the least amount of fuel but was the most wasteful of iron, while
the American wedge axe required significantly more time and fuel, but was
the most economical of iron of the three types forged. Their efficiency
was measured in cm/min of standing Siberian elms cut, with the wedge axe
46 percent more efficient than the European axe. Saunders is at Historic
Fort Snelling, Fort Snelling History Center, St Paul MN 55111; telephone
612-726-1171; fax 6122-726-2429; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Archaeotechnology section is now available on
the web at:. http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/JOM.
If you have questions or wish to contribute you can reach the series coordinator
ìScience and art converge at the National Gallery
of Artî by L. Glinsman and D. Barbour was the cover story of the January
1997 issue of JOM (pp. 14-17.) It included several brief case studies,
including radiography of the Galleryís cast of The Thinker by Auguste Rodin,
which revealed the placement inside the sculpture of the lead weight used
to counterbalance the figuresís pronounced forward lean. Further information
is available from L. Glinsman, National Gallery of Art, Conservation Department,
Washington DC 20565 USA; telephone 202-842-6217; fax 202-842-6886. (There
is also an article by Ole J. Kleppa in this issue, ìThe Institute for the
Study of Metals: the first 15 yearsî (pp.18-20), that mentions the late
Cyril Stanley Smith.)
News and Announcements
Colleagues of W. Thomas Chase, III, the long time Director
of the Conservation Laboratory of the Freer Gallery of Art and later of
the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery as well, were taken by surprise by his sudden
decision to retire after thirty years at the Smithsonian Institution. He
continues at the Freer and Sackler Galleries as a research associate and
plans to devote himself full time to research and consultation. He can
be reached at 4621 Norwood Drive, Chevy Chase MD 20815 USA, telephone 301-656-9416,
email: TChase4921@ aol.com.us.
In Austria there are many metallurgical sites worthy
of a visit. Among them is the Radwerk IV Blast Furnace, dating to 1846,
in Vordernberg. For information about this furnace and other exhibits and
remnants of charcoal iron smelting in Vordernberg, call 43/3849-283. Nearby
at Eisenerz mountain there is a mine for iron ore that can be visited both
above and below ground. Eisenerz also offers one- to five-day forging courses.
For information call 43/3848-3200 or 43/4531-370.
Atalaya Tours has postponed the 1997 Mining Study
Tour to India to January 1998. To the other Mining Study Tours such as
Western Britain in September has been added one to Mexico, from Real del
Monte to Durango, in late September/early October. For further information
write Atalaya Tours Ltd., Ceinionfa, Capel Dewi, Aberystwyth SY23 3HR,
UK; telephone and fax 44-1970-828989.
Brookgreen Gardens at Murrellís Inlet, South Carolina,
hosted a sculpture workshop August 21-23 sponsored by National Center for
Preservation Technology and Training of the National Park Service, SOS(Save
Our Sculpture), the Southeastern Museums Conference, the North Carolina
Museums Council and the South Carolina Federation of Museums. If you have
any information about this meeting, or any other news to share or comments
to make, please write or call: Martha Goodway, Smithsonian Institution
MRC 534, Washington DC 20560 USA; tel. 301-238-3700 x164; fax 301-238-3709;
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