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adammclean
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 Posted: Thu Dec 3rd, 2009 12:14 pm
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Antiquity Vol 77 No 298 December 2003

A 16th century lab in a 21st century lab: archaeometric study of the laboratory equipment from Oberstockstall (Kirchberg am Wagram, Austria)
Marcos Martinón-Torres, Thilo Rehren & Sigrid von Osten

http://antiquity.ac.uk/ProjGall/martinon/index.html

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"'Therefore, [the alchemist] was not a charlatan or a fabulous conjurer, but rather a true specialist of analytical chemistry,' Dr Martinón-Torres said."

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=181906§ioncode=26

And here is his lovely poster display from Saragossa:

http://srs.dl.ac.uk/arch/posters/Martinon-Torres_files/v3_document.htm

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 Posted: Thu Dec 3rd, 2009 10:12 pm
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And Marcos is in charge of the course I am not doing here in London...

Recently he gave a talk to the RSC marketing group on this sort of research that he had carried out.  (I also met a woman there who has just finished her PhD on the Ripley scrolls)

The paper in Historical Metallurgy is here:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/staff/profiles/martinon/Martinon-TorresRehren2005HMfireassay.pdf

I must ask him if there's anything else going on. 

It is somewhat frustrating how little material does survive.  If we had a little more we could judge a few things better. 

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 Posted: Thu Jan 21st, 2010 04:11 pm
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I think everyone is already aware of this, but there is also a book on Oberstockstall which is actually quite nice. As far as I am aware this is the closest thing to a complete inventory that has been published. There is also some excellent research on those who created and used the lab.

Rudolf Werner Soukup & Helmut Mayer, Alchemistisches Gold. Paracelsistische Pharmaka. Laboratoriumstechnik im 16. Jahrhundert. Chemiegeschichtliche und archäometrische Untersuchungen am Inventar des Laboratoriums von Oberstockstall/Kirchberg am Wagram. Vienna: Bohlau Verlag, 1997.

 

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 Posted: Thu Jan 21st, 2010 04:12 pm
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sorry - double post!

Last edited on Thu Jan 21st, 2010 04:13 pm by Leigh Penman

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 Posted: Thu Sep 6th, 2012 07:42 pm
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Beautiful replicas of of laboratory apparatus, on p.111 ff :

 

http://www.ibttm.org/ENG/museum/collection/4-3.pdf

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