The technology of iron smelting was introduced in India after the copper-bronze age, of Indus Valley civilisation. Since that time the traditional iron smelting technology was continuing till the mid part of the twentieth century and gradually became extinct. The tribes like Asur, Agaria, Kol, Cheeroo and Kharia were some of the primitive iron smelters of central and eastern India. These tribal people live in the dense hill and plateau region close to the source of the raw materials. They smelted iron not only to fulfill their needs but also to meet the requirements of the neighbours......... more
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