Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 44, Issue 9, pp 2181–2191

The origins and inspirations of zinc smelting

Festschrift in honour of Prof T R Anantharaman on the occasion of his 80th birthday

DOI: 10.1007/s10853-008-2942-1

Cite this article as:
Craddock, P.T. J Mater Sci (2009) 44: 2181. doi:10.1007/s10853-008-2942-1


The smelting of zinc was one of the most challenging technologies of the pre-modern world; indeed in the application of scientific techniques to industrial processes it anticipated modern industrial practice. Very different approaches to the problem evolved in different parts of the world. As the process required the condensation of the metal from a vapour, it is likely that some of the then current distillation practices might have provided an inspiration for the process adopted. Specifically, the techniques employed for the production of mercury may also have provided methodologies that could be adapted.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The British MuseumLondonUK