Sometimes, these symbols are easy to recognize and interpret. Gawain's pentangle emblem is an obvious symbol, and the poet actually steps forward to explain its significance for the audience, bringing the narrative to a screeching halt in order to do so. Other symbols have meanings that will still be familiar even to modern readers.
During the first medieval centuries, the output of metal was in a steady decline and constraint in small scale activities. Miners adopted methods much less efficient than those of the Roman times. It seems like only the output of iron diminished less in relation to the rest of the base and precious metals until the 8th century.
This fact, correlated with the dramatic decrease in copper production, in particular, may indicate a possible displacement of copper and bronze artifacts from iron ones Forbes64; Bayley et al. By the end of the 9th century, economic and social conditions, which dictated the increased need of metal for agriculture, arms, stirrups, and decoration, started to favor metallurgy and a slow but steady general progress was noted.
Smelting sites were multiplied and new mines were discovered and exploited, like the well-known Mines of Rammelsbergclose to the town of Goslar by the Harz Mountains.
French, Flemish, but mainly German miners and metallurgists were the generators of metal production. The period right after the 10th century, marks the widespread application of several innovations in the field of mining, and ore treatment.
It marks a shift to large scale and better quality production. Medieval miners, and metallurgists, had to find solutions for the practical problems that limited former metal production, in order to meet the market demands for metals.
The increased demand for metal was due to the remarkable population growth from the 11th to the 13th centuries.
This growth had impact on agriculture, trade, and building construction, including the great Gothic churches. The main concern had to do with inefficient means for draining water out of shafts and tunnels in underground mining. This resulted in the flooding of mines which limited the extraction of ore to shallow depths close to the surface.
The secondary concerns were the separation of the metal bearing minerals from the worthless material that surrounds, or is closely mixed with, it. There was also the difficulty of the transportation of the ore, which resulted in additional high costs.
The economic value of mining resulted in investment in the development of solutions to these problems, which had a distinct positive impact on medieval metal output. This included innovations such as water power using waterwheels for powering draining engines, bellowshammers ; or the introduction of advanced types of furnaces.
These innovations were not adopted at once, or applied to all mines and smelting sites. Throughout the medieval period these technical innovations, and the traditional techniques, coexisted.
Their application depended on the time period, and geographical region.
Water power in medieval mining and metallurgy was introduced well before the 11th century, but it was only in the 11th century that it was widely applied. The introduction of the blast furnacemostly for iron smelting, in all the established centres of metallurgy contributed to quantitative and qualitative improvement of the metal output, making metallic iron available at a lower price.
In addition, cupellationdeveloped in the 8th century, was more often used. It is used for the refinement of lead-silver ores, to separate the silver from the lead Bayley Parallel production with more than one technical method, and different treatment of ores would occur wherever multiple ores were present at one site.
Underground work in shaftsalthough limited in depth, was accomplished either by fire-setting for massive ore bodies or with iron tools for smaller scale extraction of limited veins. Permanent mining in Sweden proper begun in the High Middle Ages and did not spread to Finland until when the first iron mine was begun operations there.
Thus, more advanced technological achievements were introduced in order to keep up with the demand in metal.
The alchemical laboratory, separating precious metals from the baser ones they are typically found with, was an essential feature of the metallurgical enterprise. However, a significant hiatus in underground mining was noted during the 14th and the early 15th century because of a series of historical events with severe social and economic impacts.
Lead mining, for example, ground to a halt due to the Black Death pandemic, when atmospheric lead pollution from smelting dropped to natural levels zero for the first and only time in the last years.
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