I don't know what period you are referring to, but the standard references on
the Mexican silver industry (and thus on mercury) are those by P.J. Bakewell.
See especially his Silver Mining and Society in Colonial Zacatecas 1546-1700
(CUP, 1971). There is also very good discussion of the patio process of
amalgamation, with numerous references, in A. K.Craig and R.C. West (eds) In
Search of Mineral Wealth, 1994 (see http://www.ga.lsu.edu/gm33.html).
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Quoting Scott Mackenzie <[log in to unmask]>:
> I would suggest Raphael Colas at University of Monterrey Mexico. He
> is a metallurgy professor there. If he doesn't know, I am sure he
> would know someone that might.
> D. Scott Mackenzie, PhD
> Technical Specialist, Heat Treating Houghton International, Inc.
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> From: Arch-Metals Group
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> Sent: Mon Nov 17 15:43:47 2008
> Subject: Quicksilver mining/processing
> Ihave a graduate student exploring a mining and processing site in
> Mexico near the town of Mineral de Pozos. Apparently this site
> produced mercury at two separate periods in history, but we are
> struggling a bit with a lack of good documentation. Can anyone
> suggest some sources, in English and/or in Spanish? Of course,
> references about the Mexican industry would be most useful, but
> general sources would be helpful, as well.
> Thanks for your consideration,
> Patrick E. Martin
> Professor of Archaeology
> Department of Social Sciences
> Michigan Technological University
> Houghton, MI 49931
> phone 906-487-2070,email [log in to unmask]