Archeologist Ny Björn Gustafsson from Stockholm University will give a presentation on ancient metal science at the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavík tomorrow at 6 pm. The presentation will be in English and all are welcome.
Gustafsson has investigated unearthed jewelry and remains of ancient smithies, mainly in Gotland, and tried to make out what was made there, where the metal was processed and what it was used to create, a press release states.
A number of Viking Age smithies have been found in Gotland and elsewhere in Scandinavia in the past 30 years and many metal pieces are waiting for analysis in museums all around the Nordic countries.
These objects were discovered when knowledge on this field was limited but now, with modern technology, light can be shed on their origin and make.
The presentation will cover how these production locations can be found, how the objects can be analyzed with the help of a new method for categorization and how traces of metal can be found in bones and hence find out who worked on metal production.