An Ethnoarchaeological Study of the Blacksmithing Technology by Jocelyn B. Gerra

By Jocelyn B. Gerra

The island of Cebu, positioned in critical Philippines, seemed in Western records essentially because of occasions in global background. First, while Ferdinand Magellan's fleet again to Seville in 1522 after circumnavigating the realm. Cebu arose for the second one time in heritage as a result of discovery of the go back path during the Pacific forty four years after Magellan. except those occasions in maritime background, Cebu performed an important position in interisland buying and selling in the course of the pre-Hispanic interval. The Spanish chroniclers observed a truly vivid middle of alternate. the products traded by means of the chinese language comprise porcelain, gold, slaves and meals provides. it may be inferred that via chinese language investors the neighborhood pandays (blacksmiths) received carry of iron that they used for other kinds of instruments. within the archaeological websites exposed within the historical district of Cebu, a lot fabric has been discovered that wishes extra examine and interpretation. This e-book investigates, as an instance, came across items of a blacksmith's store.

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The samples were prepared for SEM by soaking in H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) to remove the adherent clay from the slag samples. The specimens were rinsed in water and airdried before spatter-coated with a few-micron-thick layer of goldpalladium in a vacuum evaporator. Samples were analyzed at the Institute for Geology-Paleontology, University of Hamburg, Germany. Aside from the above technical documentation of the tool making processes, the researcher visited the workshops daily within the fieldwork period and noted down in the field notebook the different tool making activities of blacksmiths and other workshop facilities.

31 2. Plumb Bob. A cylindrical metal piece with a pointed tip at the posterior end is used to transfer a point of a higher elevation to a point of lower elevation and vice versa. It also aids in transferring the vertical line of the datum point marked on the ground to the map. The bob is attached with a string and suspended from a clamp with a pointer on the map. The pointed tip of the bob should hit the center of the datum point that corresponds to the pointer. 3. Alidade. This instrument consists of a telescope with stadia hairs and a vertical arc for the measurement of vertical angles.

1 The Catalogue: Description of Blacksmith’s Shop This chapter documents how a blacksmith shop is structured physically in relation to the type of work that is needed. There is a long description of the lay-out plan and the equipment used in the production of tools. A unique indigenous (folk) health belief is discussed in relation to the description of the water trough. In the description of the specific equipment, the ethnoarcheologically significant residues associated with each as a result of smithing activity have been described and located.

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