North Eastern Archaeometallurgy Research Group


NEAR Group is interested in the study of archaeological metals. It is our intention to initiate interaction with local academic programs and museum who are interested in the study of Archaeometallurgy and Archaeological Metals Conservation.

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The inagrual meeting of NEAR took place on June 17-18, 2002 at the Archaeometallurgy Laboratory at Lehigh University. The meeting was intended to be informal with group discussion on archaeological metals and their investigation. The meeting was designed to allow researchers who have an interest in archaeometallurgy and archaeological metals conservation a chance to briefly present their research and ask questions regarding the scientific investigation of their artifacts (about a 20-30 min talk). This was followed by a roundtable discussion concerning the questions that arose, and as a group, we offered suggestions for possible further investigation and research.

Some topics of discussion included;

We atook a trip to the Lock Ridge Iron Furnace and visited Mirco Photonics to see a demonstation of microCT scanning. Lunch was provided by Lehigh University.


The attendees included (links will take you to abstracts);

The schedule fo the day was as follows;

9:00 - 10:00 Registration  
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome, Information, and Introduction  
10:15 - 10:45 Mike Notis Microradiography-an underused method
10:45 - 11:15 Peter Northover The formation of Cu3As films in Cu-As alloys
11:15 - 11:45 Brian Newbury Non-destructive analysis of Astrolabes using Synchrotron Radiation
11:45 - 12:15 Tom Chase The Identification of Chinese Bronze Forgeries
12:15 - 13:30 LUNCH (Provided by Lehigh University)  
13:30 - 14:00 Kavan U. Ratnatunga Metal Artifacts from the ancient kingdom of Ruhuna in south-East Sri Lanka
14:00 - 14:30 Chris Thornton Outstanding artifacts from the Yahya collection: Neolithic through Iron Age
14:30 - 15:00 Caroline Walker The View from Canada, Imported Trade Copper and Brass
15:00 - 15:30 Aaron Shugar Investigation of a collection of Pre-Columbian metal artifacts
15:30 - 16:00 COFFEE and TEA (Provided by Lehigh University)  
16:00 - 16:30 Claire Peachy Conservation of metals from shipwreck sites
16:30 - 17:00 Tim Sledz Internal investigation of small archaeomaterials using Micro-CT
17:00 - 18:00 Tour of Laboratory (in Mat Sci dept)  
18:00 - 19:00 Continued discussion - prepare for dinner  
19:00 - Dinner at Brew Works in Bethlehem  


For more information about the Archaeometallurgy Lab, or N.E.A.R., please contact either;
Prof. Michael R. Notis
Dr. Aaron N. Shugar

if you are having trouble contacting us try using this link


Archaeometallurgy Laboratory
Lehigh University
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
5 East Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Tel: +610 758 4701
Fax: +610 758 3526
Web: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inarcmet


This site was last updated on June 14th 2002