This chapter discusses the critical role played by ceramics in the production and processing of metals across the world. In addition, it details some of the most fruitful avenues for the exploration of these technical ceramics through visual, microscopic and chemical and chemical analyses. When adequately studied, metallurgical ceramics offer data not only on specific metallurgical reactions but also on technological choices and knowledge transfer, the changing understanding of different materials and their properties, the optimisation of resources for specific technical needs, and the existence of different traditions that may respond to specific cultural backgrounds as much as to technological schools and traditions.


Crucible Furnace Ceramic Technical ceramic Temper Tuyère Mould Cupellation Slag 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.UCL QatarUniversity College LondonDohaQatar

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