HMS Publications Committee

The Publications Committee of the Historical Metallurgy Society oversees the production of all of the Society’s publications including its journal Historical Metallurgy and other Occasional Publications.

Meet the team

HMS Journal Managing Editor

Matt Phelps

Matt recently finished his PhD in Archaeological Science at UCL and currently conducts freelance work on archaeological remains as a metal, slag and glass specialist.

Matt Phelps joined HMS in 2010. From 2012-2017 he was part of The Crucible editorial team before joining the Web Team in Summer 2017. Matt recently finished his PhD in Archaeological Science at UCL and currently conducts freelance work on archaeological remains as a metal, slag and glass specialist.
Joint Editor HMS Journal

Justine Bayley

Specialising in non-ferrous metal and glass working, and continues to lecture and research on various aspects of Roman and medieval metalworking.

Justine has been a member of HMS Council since the early 1980s, serving as Treasurer from 1986 to 1991 and as Joint Editor since 1990. For many years she was also a member (later chairman) of the Archaeology Committee. She led the Technology Team at the Ancient Monuments Laboratory, which became part of English Heritage/Historic England, specialising in non-ferrous metal and glass working, and ran many ‘slag days’ that offered field archaeologists hands-on training in identifying metalworking debris. She is now an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and continues to lecture and research on various aspects of Roman and medieval metalworking.
Joint Editor HMS Journal

Tim Young

Works as a consultant to supply specialist archaeometallurgical services and analyses in the UK and Ireland.

Editorial Board Members

Dr David Bourgait (University Paris10, France)
An archaeometallurgist at C2RMF in Paris and member of Préhistoire et Technologie, UMR 7055, CNRS-University Paris10. He has a wide experience of many metals and periods, but is specialised in copper metallurgy, mainly European.

Prof. Chris Evans (University of South Wales, UK)

Duncan Hook CChem (British Museum, UK)
Archaeometallurgist/analyst in the Department of Scientific Research at the British Museum. Works mainly with non-ferrous metals of all periods and from all parts of the world. He has jointly edited many conference proceedings.

Dr Jane Humphris (University College London, Qatar)

Dr Jianjun Mei (University of Cambridge, UK)
Director of the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge and Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge. His research interests include the origins and role of bronze metallurgy in early China, and cultural and technological interactions between China and the West.

Susan La Niece (Formerly British Museum, UK)
Archaeometallurgist in the Department of Scientific Research at the British Museum. She works mainly with precious metals of all periods and from all parts of the world, with particular interest in colouring, plating and patination of metal. She has jointly edited many conference proceedings and also the journal Jewellery Studies.

Dr Janet Lang CEng MIMMM, FSA (Formerly British Museum, UK)
Formerly archaeometallurgist in the Department of Scientific Research at the British Museum, with specialisms in ferrous metallography, silver and X-radiography. She has edited the ‘abstracts’ for Historical Metallurgy for many years.

Prof. Marcos Martinón-Torres (University of Cambridge, UK)
Professor of Archaeological Science at the University of Cambridge, he is an archaeometallurgist with wide-ranging interests, including non-ferrous metals, technical ceramics and alchemy.

Dr Ignacio Montero Ruiz (Instituto de Historia -CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
Archaeological scientist at the Instituto de Historia-CSIC, Madrid, he works with many metals and periods, with particular interest in non-ferrous prehistoric metals and alloys. He is a former editor of Trabajos de Prehistoria.

Prof. Vincent Serneels (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
Professor in Archaeometry at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is a geologist and archaeometallurgist with wide experience in ferrous archaeometallurgy and in other materials, with research both in Europe and west Africa.

Dr Alan Williams FSA