Bronze age copper smelting

Bronze age copper smelting during the "Iron smelting days" & ancient metalworkers weekend in Archeon (Alphen a/d Rijn, Netherlands), 17 October 2010. I performed my first demonstrations on how copper smelting could have taken place during the bronze age 2000-800B.C. The smelts were succesful, and yielded 3-4kg copper from 10kg malachite ore in two runs of the furnace. Each run took about 2-3hours, and used up about 4kg of charcoal. At the end of the video you can see a big lump of copper stuck to the bottom, weighing about 2kg. I also smelted some tin in the smaller furnace to the left. Both the tin and copper will be used to cast into bronze tools or weapons later on.

Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 26,308
Added: 3 years
Runtime: 1:39
Comments: 15

Tags for this video:  

Find more videos in the: "Tech"
Uploaded by: FRXable
See more videos uploaded by FRXable

Related Videos:

Apokalypse in der Bronzezeit - das Ende der ersten Hochkulturen
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 11436
Um 1200 vor Christus wird die antike Welt von einer Reihe von Katastrophen erschüttert. Die Folgen treffen den gesamten östlichen Mittelmeerraum....
Feeding the Celtic iron furnace
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 29278
Thijs van de Manakker and his smelting team at an archaeological experiment in 1999 at the Prehistorisch Huis Eindhoven. Part 2 of 5
Iron production in the Viking Age - Lofotr Viking Museum (2003)
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 33988
More info : Experimental iron production based on the reconstructed viking age technology. Bloomery iron production based on...
Foundry: Prehistoric Bronze Casting - Making of an iron age ring - by Dr. Bastian Asmus
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 2203
A short video showing a possible way to produce an iron age ring, using the lost wax technique with loam moulds and technology such as was...
29 September 2012 Iron Smelting demo - Sculptors Guild - Dumbo Arts Festival
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating
Views: 31389
Filmed September 29, 2012, 3.50pm. A iron smelting, and sand casting demonstration by the Sculptors Guild at the Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn....
(4) A History of Ancient Britain - Age of Bronze
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 5751
Opening the Prehistoric Iron Smelting Furnace
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 34625
Voor meer informatie zie/More information When the pit is full, the furnace is destroyed, in order to be able to grab...
Apokalypse in der Bronzezeit: Das Ende der ersten Hochkulturen (Doku 2014)
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 2628 Um 1200 vor Christus wird die antike Welt von einer Reihe von Katastrophen erschüttert. Die Folgen treffen den...
Smelt 2010 Documentary - Part 2
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 26521
The second part of a documentary film about an experimental archaeological iron smelt reconstructing an Iron Age/Early Medieval bloomery furnace...
Copper smelt
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 16831
Melting some scrap copper wire to try and make a heat sink for welding. Very useful when welding thin materials or building up a thin blade.
The casting of a bronze age arrow head
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating
Views: 98752
Casting a arrow head out of bronze. A propane torch and forge were used to melt the bronze. A ChannelX24 production.
Building a Celtic iron smelting furnace and roasting the bog-ore
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 121387
Building a Celtic iron smelting furnace and roasting the bog-ore Part 1 of 5 Lejre Rapport: www.thijsvandemanakker. com/WeblogEnglish.htm
Experimental Bronze Sword Casting
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 26511
Bronze sword casting at Sword Festival 2007, on Bodmin Moor in a round house. 16/11/2009 A big thanks to all who have commented over the last two...
Prehistoric copper smelting in a pit!
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 53902
How to turn copper ore into copper using Bronze Age techniques. For more information on our reconstruction of the earliest known copper smelting...
Home Made Foundry

Views: 36380
I used this foundry for a whole year before I sold it , I built it using an air tank and cement and was fueled by charcoal, wood or propane.
Home Shop Foundry - Melting Scrap Copper
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 104695
Everyone melts aluminum! But melting copper is a little more special. During this casting session, you get to see what happens to scrap copper...
The Story of the WALL OF SILVER Michigan's lost Silver Mine!
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 16747
Is there a lost silver mine deep in the wilderness of Michigan's desolate Upper Peninsula? According to Richard Kellogg there is! He's been there...
Backyard Metalcasting Foundry
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 63472
Video describing melting aluminum for our first time in our home made coal powered foundry.
Secrets Of The Aegean Apocalypse
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 7257
Aegean civilization is a general term for the Bronze Age civilizations of Greece around the Aegean Sea. There are three distinct but communicating...
Smelting silver into a bar
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 53885
An Up Close video of me smelting some junk sterling into a silver bar. Song is Funkorama by Kevin Macleod.
Neil Burridge casts a Bronze age style sword.MPG
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 5580
Neil Burridge demonstrating ancient metal working techniques during the CBA Festival of British Archaeology in 2011 Location: Chippenham Museum &...
Copper Mining and Smelting - 1949 Educational Documentary - Ella73TV
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 9687
Learn how copper is mined, processed and transformed into everyday consumer products. You'll see the ore being blasted from the earth and loaded...
Making Steel from Iron Ore
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 680435
Mike Blue, Randall Graham, Ric Furrer, making steel at Larry Harley's in May 2006. Lecture and Demonstration. Filmed by Christopher Price of The...
Bronze Age Dartmoor
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 1736
A short inspirational film about life on Dartmoor in the Bronze Age. Find out more about the exciting 4,000 year discovery on Northern Dartmoor.
The Death Touch - Ancient Discoveries
Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating 
Views: 105036
Extract from Death Weapons of the East - a documentary about the Ancient Chinese martial arts for Ancient Discoveries, History US. Produced and...


Author Leon612 (2 months)
What was that furnace made of? And why didn't it melt? 

Author Aj halo (11 days)
Looks fun

Author FRXable (2 years)
@cowofthemonth Hello. I've not tried any sulfides yet. The temperatures
shouldn't be any different. The only difference is that you need to roast
the sulfides first in an oxygen rich open fire, to burn off all off the
sulfur. It's important this is done completely, as any sulphur left will
make the copper/bronze weak.

Author Froddofromtheshire (2 years)
Smelting copper barefoot = 100% badass

Author Artexerxes101 (2 years)
Could you make a video that explained the steps of how copper was smelted
during the Bronze Age?

Author FRXable (3 years)
The ore I used is mainly malachite, with some azurite and cuprite mixed in.

Author cowofthemonth (2 years)
@FRXable have you smelted sulfide ore, other than cuprite? I want to try
with some bornite/chalcopyrite, but it seems that malachite is more popular
as it requires lower temperatures. cheers, nice vid.

Author GIDMOTO (2 years)

Author cowofthemonth (2 years)
@FRXable cheers, really helpful. thanks

Author RaveleijnRidder (3 years)
het is toch altijd weer indrukwekkend zo iets

Author vtgandalf1 (3 years)
This is truly amazing! Looks so simple! Do you have more videos about it?
Could you show us?

Author ikki (5 months)
waar kan je malachite kopen?

Author rebecca manley (6 months)

Embed Video:


Search Video

Top Videos

Top 100 >>>


Check PR