During the course of field investigations of copper mining and smelting in South India, the author of this paper came across a previously unrecorded archaeometallurgical site in Mel-siruvalur, South Arcot district, Tamil Nadu, which investigations have confinned was a production centre for wootz crucible steel in the Deccan. The find of this production centre supports the idea that wootz steel production was relatiYely widespread in South India, and extends the known horizons of this technology further.
Keywords: smelting, iron, steel
How to Cite:
Srinivasan S., (1994) “Wootz Crucible Steel: A Newly Discovered Production Site in South India”, Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 5(0). p.49-59. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/pia.60