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Historical Metallurgy Society

The Historical Metallurgy Society (HMS) ( is an international forum for the exchange of information and research in archaeological and historical metallurgy. For over fifty years, it has covered all aspects of the history of metals and associated materials from prehistory to the present. HMS members’ interests range from processes and production through technology and economics to archaeology and conservation. The Society holds several conferences and meetings each year which showcase the latest research, and explore a wide range of metallurgical landscapes and locations. Members receive a scholarly journal and a newsletter. In addition, the HMS datasheets provide practical help to those excavating, recording or analysing archaeological remains of early metalworking. It also provides small grants for research and travel and has just launched an Anniversary Fund for larger projects.

On the occasion of the AIE 2015 Madrid Edition, HMS is pleased to offer a HMS Prize for the Best Student Oral Presentation, and a HMS Prize for the Best Student Poster. The prizes will consist of a diploma, a free one-year subscription to HMS and a financial reward. 

All posters and oral presentations with a student as lead author/presenter will be automatically considered for these awards, unless the authors express their wish to be excluded. The judging panel, made up of members of the HMS Council and the Archaeometallurgy in Europe International Scientific Committee, will base their decision on the combined merits of the originality, rigour and significance of the research presented, as well as the design and delivery of the poster or presentation.

The Society is also willing to consider applications for a small number of grants to assist with the costs of attending this conference. Further information on the HMS grants, and an application form, can be found on the HMS website (

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