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  1. This location is just off the old National Road (US 40) 2 miles north of Jacksontown, Ohio, in Licking County. With all the traffic on the National Road I was puzzled why people would be smelting on what appeared to a small scale (no huge slag pile or bloomery remnants I have been able to detect.) Or maybe metal raw material along with the slag was delivered to the nearby smithery.? Or could these be products of a smithery operation? I am aware of places like Hope Furnace and Buckeye Furnace and Union Furnace and others stretching into Kentucky which were using a band of high quality ore up to a foot thick which is located just above the Vanport limestone formation. Was this stuff pictured here made in an operation as large as those? Please excuse my ignorance. I'm a stone tool guy and after running into the slag became interested in this whole area. Thanks for the information.
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