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I think this aspect of the article could use expansion and rewriting. If anyone has good refs please let me know. Colincbn (talk) 06:26, 1 April 2011 (UTC)
I agree. I have just converted the text to in-line referencing, partly to eliminate two citations with inappropriate syntax. I was also looking for referneces.
Time cites an article in the then currnet issue of Science (i.e. about Sept. 1978).
Googling led me to a review of Peter Schmidt, Iron Technology in East Africa: symboolim, Science and archaeology (Oxford: James Currey 1997). Amazon has some modestly proced copies of this for sale.
It also led to a web article that cited Shore, Debra. Steel making in Ancient Africa. (no further details)
I fear that I do not have time to follow this up at the moment. Peterkingiron (talk) 12:50, 9 December 2011 (UTC)
I can heavily expand on this section of the article as I personally know Dr. Peter Schmidt (I have studied under him) and have access to a huge array of his papers and books for sources. Hovikk (talk) 05:13, 10 October 2013 (UTC)
I'm sceptical of the claim that this was before Europeans started making quality steel. Any objective comparison with, say, Noric steel, shich is slightly over 2000 years old as well? 126.96.36.199 (talk) 10:41, 3 April 2015 (UTC)