All the good archaeologist needs to do is find Thomas Powers, aka Master
Wilelm the Smith in the Society for Creative Anachronism.
He's been doing it annually at the Pennsic War for years. He and his
crew start by building a clay furnace from local materials and end with
a finished hand-forged wrought iron product.
Thom loves working real wrought iron and can make his own if he can't
find any other source.
I lost some of my addresses in a computer changeover or I'd provide an
email address, but he can be found by asking on rec.org.sca or possibly
IIRC, there are several people working at duplicating early iron age
processes, including Al Pendray who's made Wootz steel after many
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