Anglo-Scandinavian Non-ferrous Metalworking from 16-22 Coppergate

Item

list of authors
Justine Bayley
list of contributors
R. A. Hall
Is Part Of
The Archaeology of York [Series]
The Small Finds [Volume]
volume
17
issue
07
Publisher
Council for British Archaeology for York Archaeological Trust
Date Copyrighted
1992
Date Available
Digitally available on 8 September 2023
Abstract
This report deals with the evidence for non-ferrous metalworking, mainly from wellstratified and dated 9th to 11th century deposits at 16-22 Coppergate and adjacent sites.

The report contains a summary of metalworking processes, and descriptions and illustrations of the various categories of finds and the ways in which they were used. The material includes large numbers of crucibles, ingot moulds, scrap metal and tools, as well as evidence for precious metal refining, both cupellation and parting. The evidence for gold, silver, copper alloy, lead, tin and pewter working is then drawn together and the spatial and temporal distribution of these industries discussed.

Silverworking was the major non-ferrous metal industry and was at its peak in the mid 1Oth century; the contemporary finds of coin dies and trial stamps suggest that much of the silver may have been used for coinage, possibly with moneyers working on the site. There is evidence for tinning objects of other metals in the mid 1Oth century but most casting of small lead/tin objects took place later. Both gold and copper alloy working became more important in the 11th century.

The non-ferrous metalworking industries of 16-22 Coppergate are put in context by comparing the finds with those from other sites in York, the rest of England and beyond.
Rights Holder
York Archaeological Trust
Rights
CC BY 4.0
Format
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Is Format Of
Paper publication
Identifier
GB2837-PUB-AY-17-7
oclcnum
27874661
isbn10
1872414303
isbn13
9781872414300
Type
Text
Language
English
page start
737
page end
850
number of pages
114

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