I should have also mentioned the "they"
would be the early iron smelters, and also methods discussed
Likely evolved. By 1500'S methods of assaying definantly knvolved
very careful weighing of materials- both the ore and the end
product. Your point is well made and certainly our medieval time
extends well beyond the "EARLY" iron smelters.
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<<< AND they (medieval) measured everything by volume which mucked with the systems and made the smelting technology >>>
What are you basing this statement on? I think I remember numerous examples of both food items and fine metals being measured by weight.
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