Details for Iron

This should be used for iron and steel. You can specify wrought iron or cast iron, or steel, in the Description field. Corroded wrought iron can often be recognised by its laminated or fibrous appearance, caused by the stringers of slag that follow the forging lines. Cast iron can be recognised by the use of thin cross-sections and complex cast shapes. It is also often better preserved than wrought iron. Cast iron only appeared in Britain in the late 15th century and was for some time used only for a restricted range of objects (guns, gun shot, fire backs).

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British Museum URI: 11019

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Record: NARC-024703
Object type: SPEAR
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: An incomplete iron spearhead of Roman date…
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Record: NARC-01F2E1
Object type: SPEAR
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: An incomplete iron spearhead of Roman date…
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Record: NARC-01E347
Object type: SPEAR
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: An incomplete iron spearhead of Roman date…
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Record: NARC-01D561
Object type: SPEAR
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: An incomplete iron spearhead of Roman date…
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