The composition of tin slags from the south‐west of England

Tylecote, R.F., Photos, E. and Earl, B. (1989) The composition of tin slags from the south‐west of England. World Archaeology, 20(3), pp. 434-445. (doi:10.1080/00438243.1989.9980083)

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Abstract

This paper discusses tin slags from archaeological contexts in the south‐west of England dating from the Early Bronze Age to the nineteenth century. It also includes slags resulting from a recent experimental smelting programme. Analyses show that there has been little change in composition over this period and that most primary tin slags contain from 10–30 per cent stannous oxide in the glass phase, with tin metal prills more common in the early and medieval slags. The principal impurities in the metal are iron and antimony, with smaller amounts of tungsten and arsenic. The Devon slags differ from the Cornish ones in having larger amounts of titanium in them.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Photos-Jones, Dr Effie
Authors: Tylecote, R.F., Photos, E., and Earl, B.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:World Archaeology
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0043-8243
ISSN (Online):1470-1375

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