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Manufacture of metals at Sumhuram

Two furnaces for the manufacture of iron have been discovered in the eastern part of the city


During the archaeological campaign SUM17A at Sumhuram, new evidences of an intensive metal working have been brought to light.

Two furnaces for the manufacture of iron have been discovered in the eastern part of the city, not distant from each other. They must be added to the other furnace for iron discovered in 2006, and the furnace for bronze excavated in 2014, located in the same area. This is a further proof of the importance of Sumhuram as centre of production.

The most interesting object unearthed during this campaign comes from the area located along the southern city-wall. It is a bronze figurine representing an animal with long, straight and branched horns, interpretable as a gazelle.

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