The Mastery and Uses of Fire in Antiquity

The Mastery and Uses of Fire in Antiquity

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The technological achievements that make contemporary society possible are the result of some ten thousand years of development of the intentional use of fire, yet there is surprisingly little information on the practice and importance of pyrotechnology. J.E. Rehder, an engineer with fifty years of experience in industrial research and pyrotechnology, offers a detailed examination of how fire and furnaces were used in antiquity - from the hardening of clay, to the smelting of iron ore, to the production of glass. "The Mastery and Uses of Fire in Antiquity" provides much-needed information for anyone interested in archaeology, anthropology, and pyrotechnology.

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  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 146 x 220 x 20mm | 358.34g
  • McGill-Queen's University Press
  • MontrealCanada
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0773530746
  • 9780773530744
  • 380,323

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"Every archeologist who works in metal ages will want to have this book handy. A highly useful volume with much interesting information and insight." Journal of Anthropological Research "Rehder has succeeded in presenting complex issues of physics and chemistry in a manner that can be understood by the nonspecialist. This is an important work that represents state-of-the-art research and is the only comprehensive treatment of this subject available." Michael Bisson, McGill University

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