Development of Crucible Steel Making

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Metal workers in south India develop crucible steel making. Produces "wootz" steel which becomes famous as "Damascus" sword steel hundreds of years later, inspiring artisans, blacksmiths, and metallurgists for many generations to come.

A word about the original artwork: It was created by TMS’s David Rasel, who drew stylistic inspiration from the etchings in Georgius Agricola’s De Re Metallica. David’s mix of anachronism, whimsy, and technical/historical artistic license adds a memorable stamp to the proceedings.