The ability to transform materials can have an almost magical quality. There is great skill to be able to source metalliferous ores, smelt them to produce metal and then cast to produce complex objects.
A wooden hilt and pommel may have been attached.
Melted down and recast in a different mould.
Fragments conserved, analysed…
The Bronze Sword cycle above relates to a Wilburton type sword, a type in production some time around c 1000 to 900 BC. About this time Iron production commenced and cycles of production and recycling which may have taken place in the United Kingdom for about 1500 years before were challenged by new powers.
During Burning the Circle 2014 the Bronze sword was placed on the central ‘pyre’ structures which burned fiercely for nearly four hours, and then smouldered to nothing during the remainder of the night. The broken and fragmented remains of the sword were excavated the next morning, amongst the broken parts were hundreds of small spheres of Bronze. These spheres indicate that, in the heart of the fire temperatures reached c 950 degrees centigrade, at which point parts of the sword turned liquid.