A short history of firesetting
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): P. T. Craddock
Publication Year: 1992

Cataloging Information

  • Europe
  • experimental fires
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • heat
  • histories
  • human caused fires
  • Ireland
  • mining
  • New South Wales
  • photography
  • wood
  • International
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 34233
Tall Timbers Record Number: 8451
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
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Although firesetting is well recognized as one of the most ancient mining techniques for breaking up rocks, surprising little is known about the way in which it was practised. This article reviews not only the archaeological and historical evidence, but also the results of recent experimental studies relating the quality of fuel burned to the rock disintegrated.

Craddock, P. T. 1992. A short history of firesetting. Endeavour, v. 16, no. 3, p. 145-150.