A study on the traditional production of lime: The role of oral sources

Vecchiattini, Rita and Pesce, Giovanni (2012) A study on the traditional production of lime: The role of oral sources. In: Nuts & Bolts of Construction History. Culture, Technology and Society, 1 . Picard, Paris, pp. 53-60. ISBN 9782708409293

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Abstract

The historical reconstruction of the productive process of lime is not the reconstruction of historical events but the reconstruction of the empirical knowledge, of the "art secrets", of the productive capacity and of the task sequences involved in this productive activity; contents with respect to which oral sources have the greatest potential. Every source is important because it contains the knowledge of a specific aspect and because it is related to a specific characteristic of the source itself. It is well known that information provided by a single source is partial and that the only way to know the true facts is to cross information from several sources. However, there is information that hardly can be acquired through the use of other sources. For instance, it is possible to know where and when a specific furnace has been built using a historical map and/or using a document contained in the archives. It is also possible to know a specific practice usually applied in lime production through a legal argument or it is possible to know the cost of the wood bundle used as fuel in the lime furnaces. But it is impossible to use the above mentioned sources to know, for instance, which parameters were useful in deciding the switching on or off of a furnace or, again, when it was useful to add some wood bundle insides the furnace during the firing.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: K200 Building
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 11:24
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 11:24
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27359

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