Faculty Advisor

Lados, Diana A.

Faculty Advisor

Thomsen, Tom Hartvig


The purpose of this paper is to compare the iron production techniques of three regions of the world: Northern Europe, India, and Japan, in order to better understand the material characteristics of the end product and how this shaped the development of weapons and armor of the region. We are seeking, in our research, to draw the links between resources, production and technology at play in regards to iron in antiquity. In this paper, we will describe our methods of research, our methods of reproduction, testing methods, and conclusions.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering