Forging History-pounding iron

Forging History-pounding iron

blacksmith forging iron

When Bakla judged the iron to be soft enough, he carried it to an anvil placed on a large tree stump, and used traditional tools such as hammer and tongs to produce small objects such as nails. He said the reconstructed hearth worked fine except for the lack of shade. “When they’re heating the iron, they can tell by the color when it’s ready to be worked, and shade helps them see the color,” says Killebrew. 

IMAGE: J. Munro, courtesy of the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project.