Indeed Hugo you don't use coal for smelting. It is the wrong chemical substance.
From: Hugo Davenport <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, 28 December 2011, 1:22
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Bronze age coal usege ?
Just in case my email doesn't make it through the list ..
It's unlikely that coal was used for smelting in any age; it's essential to use pretty pure carbon (charcoal or coke)
for smelting. It may have been tried, off and on, but it's the sort of experiment that no-one tries more than once!
Coal is jam-packed with impurities.
"Any evidence of coke being used by bronze age smelters" might be a better
----- Original Message ----- From: "Keith Hunt" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 1:18 PM
Subject: [BRITARCH] Bronze age coal usege ?
> Hi there,
> Has there ever been any evidence found of coal being used to smelt metals
> during the bronze age ?