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Melting point
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Posted on Thu Nov 03, 2005 8:31 pm
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Good day all!

I'm an archaeology student currently working on a paper regarding Beowulf and Anglo Saxon funerary archaeology. I have been looking for data on the type of metal likely used in 6th C AD chainmail--I need to know it's approximate melting point. Any idea where I can find this info? It doen't matter if the data is in degrees C or F, but I do need to know which scale of measurement you are citing, if you respond to this post with a number.
Thanks a lot!

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Posted on Mon Nov 07, 2005 1:28 am
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6th century AD maille would most likely be made of wrought iron, which is pretty much straight iron with 2-3% slag fibers in it. Iron with negligable carbon or other alloying elements melts ~ 2800 F. Note that the iron is never properly melted in making wrought iron, the fire used didn't get hot enough, which is why the residual slag can't be removed in the process. Taking a guess on where your paper is going, burning of the metal in a fire might remove significant material.

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