Map and Conclusion (7/8)
The investigated area was a small creek with several branches. The two affluents of the creek probably once framed at least partly a small castle hill A. Both affluents could be blocked using dams C. A reservoir B is still visible. The finds concentrate on a 50 m stretch on the southern bank.
At the creek traces of iron ore processing were found. That includes pieces of sponge iron (finds 2-9 except 4 and 5 which were irrelevant iron pieces) , one specimen (find 9) weighing slightly more than 1 kg, as well as pieces of baked clay and charcoal imbedded in the loam at spot 9. The suspected furnace at spot 9 was not found. The environment was void of relevant metal finds except a large knife found on high ground above the suspected furnace at spot 1. Knife, raw iron production and castle are considered contemporary and dated to the 10. to 13. century. It is sure that the raw iron was produced prior to the 16. century. The best age determination can be done by C14 dating of the collected charcoal pieces. It is unlikely, though, that this will happen.
The large sponge iron piece is a wonderful find associated with medieval metallurgy. It will always remind me of the days at the small creek near the former castle.
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