Large Pictures

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The "Neue Hütte" in Schmalkalden, one of the last iron
smelters still running on charcoal. The main smelter is inside the building. On the left
are the remains of a smaller unit.
The second picture shows a model of the smelter in the building.
Neue Hütte, Schmalkalden
Link to text Source: H. Föll
Neue Hütte Schalkalden; odel
Link to text Source: H. Föll
This picture, attempting to elucidate how the smelter works, is from a brochure
available at the Schmalkalden Museum.
It is essentially correct even so I'm not sure I subscribe to the correctness of every detail.
Neue Hütte
Link to text
This picture shows some of the ores, flux and gangue that went into
the smelter. You translate it; here is some help.
Iron ores, flux and gangue as used in smelter
Here is a map of what was going on during the Bronze Age Collapse.
Note that this map contains a lot of known facts but also some interpretations open to discussion
and unavoidable simplifications.
Essentially only the Egyptians and the Assyrians managed to defend their homeland (see below)
but had problems on their outskirts; the Egyptians lost their Northern colonies, for example.
Everybody else was in deep trouble.
Egypt never quite recovered whereas the Assyrians rose to become the dominating power
somewhat later.
Bronze Age collapse; map
Source: Copyright is with ExploreTheMed
Here is the complete drawing showing the 15 m × 2.5 m limestone relief from
1170 BC in Medinet Habu, Egypt. In the lower row the victorious Egyptians lead off the
bound sea people prisoners to captivity.
Ramses II battling the sea people
Source: All over the Net
Here is a map showing the extent of Assyrian trade with Anatolia in the
second millennium BC.
Kültepe is on the Wstern end of that route.
Assyrian trade with Anatolia in the second millennium 
Source: Adopted from Andreas Schachner, "Hattuscha", C.H.Beck Verlag 2011

Here is a reconstructed Royal Tomb from Alaca Höyük
as exhibited in the Archeological Museum in Çorum.
Reconsreduct Royal Tomb in Alaca Höyük
Source: Wiki commons
Here is picture of present day Hattusa.
Source: Deutsches Archeologisches Institut
Here is the original photograoph of King Tut's iron dagger.
King Tut's iron dagger
Source: Forgot
Here is a picture from Isabella Caneva showing a late Chalcolithic elite building
of level XV, 4500 BC
that was used as a metal workshop in Yumuktepe.
Yumuktepe metal workshop 4500 BC
Source: Provided by Isabella Caneva; Thanks!
Here is a bloom produced in an effort to duplicate the making of "Ferrum Noricum"
plus microstructure
and carbon concentration in the places shown.
Experimental bloom and carbon concentration
Link to text Source: Harald Straube; "Ferrum Noricum und die Stadt auf dem Magdalensberg", SpringerWienNewYork, 1999
Here is picture from the power point presentation of Prof. Hadi Özbal, showing small "old iron" things.
Old iron; small stuff
Source: Internet Link to text
The picture of Alexander the Great is actually not a picture but a mosaic.
Shown is just a tiny part of the whole mosaic that is marvelous to behold even so large parts have been destroyed.
Here is a large picture of just Alexander; notice the hilt of his sword.
Alexander the Great: Mosaic
Source: Photographed 2018 in the Naples Museum Link to text
To give you an idea about the scale of things - here is the whole mosaic:
Alexander Mosaic Naples
Source: Photographed 2018 in the Naples Museum Link to text
The Alexander Mosaic, dating from circa 100 BC, is a Roman floor mosaic originally from the House of the Faun in Pompei.
It depicts a battle between the armies of Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia and measures 2.72 by 5.13 metres
] The original is preserved in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.
The mosaic is believed to be a copy of an early 3rd-century BC Hellenistic painting.
The mosaic is made of about one and a half million tiny colored tiles. We (probably) see the Battle of Issus
("333 bei Issus Keilerei" we had to learn in High School).

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