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Blacksmith; Black smith

A person who works with the iron blooms, (from a bloomery), to make tools and equipment. In such buildings, called a smithy, there will be a hearth for heating and re-heating the metals, anvils for shaping and hammering against, and windows with small moveable panes to increase/decrease the air present.
Smithing will detectable traces for geophysical techniques and excavation. Specialised types of slag will be produced as waste, in addition to the finished items made. White smiths, less common, worked with other metals than iron.

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