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Wow!! Thanks for posting this James. Lothian is quite far up there. As many as four hundred years before the Romans and the northern British are already producing steel.This of course raises many questions! For instance, was this a self-developed technology or was it influenced by other Celtic steel patterns? The article presents the case as though the Brits in Lothian "invented" their own steel, without providing many details about its composition. I'd wager that an organization named "Historic Scotland.gov" would probably have a bit of bias there.A *very* quick read shows that Iberian Celts had been making steel four a couple hundred years, and the Greeks had been doing it for some time as well. Was there a presence of Greek letters that far north? It wouldn't surprise me at all if, through trade, the people of Lothian came into contact with some kind of steel, and then figured it out themselves.Some more questions... is the "high-carbon steel" they write of more difficult to produce than bronze? Is it as sturdy as bronze or is it more brittle like iron? I've read that steel didn't really become the popular option for things military until the world began to run short of tin, because it was (at first) such a speed bump to get the same quality out of steel. Finally, what kind of steel objects are we talking? I imagine steel farm tools would have been really useful to get through the rocky soil. Steel weapons are another attractive guess, but who knows?
Like many projects of its time it remained unpublished until now.
Is anyone else as tantalized by that quotation as I am? :)