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L'atelier métallurgique Gallo-Romain de la route de Crèvecœur à Cambrai : une attestation du travail conjoint des alliages cuivreux et du fer

Abstract : In 1991 a workshop of the Gallo-Roman era specializing in metalworking was discovered on the outskirts of Cambrai. Located on the road to Crèvecœur this establishment constitutes a rare example of metallurgical practice within the territory of the Nervii during the Roman period. The discovery of crucibles in one of the structures of the workshop led to the initial interpretation of that space as devoted to copper alloy working. Exhaustively collected, the metalworking furniture was re-examined using the methods and analytical means of current paleometallurgy. Further details have thereby emerged regarding the origin of the crucibles, the type of operations undertaken and the nature of the alloys used by the craftworkers. However, the presence of a corpus of siderurgical material, both complete and diversified (slag, lithics, scrap) in the furniture helped to identify the practice of a second activity within the workshop, namely ironworking. By attention to the technology of production, examination of the slags clearly shows the early use of coal as a fuel employed for the forging stages of artefact manufacture.
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Alex Bezut, Benjamin Jagou, Patrice Herbin, Virginie Pilard, Denis Gaillard. L'atelier métallurgique Gallo-Romain de la route de Crèvecœur à Cambrai : une attestation du travail conjoint des alliages cuivreux et du fer. Revue du Nord, Université de Lille, 2019, 433, pp.73-100. ⟨hal-02904441⟩

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