Sim D.N. (2015) A Twist in the Tail. Minerva. 26 4. 26 – 30.  London.

Sim, D.N. (2015) The Roman Iron Industry in Britain.  The History Press. Gloucstershire.

Sim D.N. (2014) The Magnetic Compass: a by-product of magnetized hand tools. Vulcanus Publications. Reading.

Sim D.N. and Brown.K.  (2014) Wine and Steel Using Red Wine to Etch
Pattern-Welded Sword BladesVulcanus Publications. Reading.

Sim D.N. and Brown.K.  (2014) A Sticky Situation: The uses of different gums in Roman Inks from the Vindolanda Tablets. Vulcanus Publications. Reading.

Sim D.N. (2014) Wood and Ink. Experiments in the Technology of Roman Writing.

Sim D.N. (2012)  The Shrink Fitting of Small Iron Collars onto Wooden Shafts. Vulcanus Publications. Reading.

Sim D.N. (2012)  Light and fire on a Roman Forge. Vulcanus Publications. Reading.

Sim D.N. (2011) A Terrible Weapon. Minerva. 22 6.  48 – 50.  London.

Sim D.N. (2012) Rome’s Hail of Leaden Death. Vulcanus Publications. Reading.

Sim D.N. (2012) Death on Leaden Wings. Minerva. 23 3. 32 – 34.  London.

Sim D.N. (2011) A Terrible Weapon. Minerva. 22 4.  48 – 50.  London.

Sim D.N. (2011) Forging into History. Minerva. 22 6.  50 – 52.  London. Vulcanus Publications. Reading.

Sim D.N. (2011)  Report on Three Fragments of Metal Thought to be from a Shield Boss found at Bambrugh Castle in 2009.

Kaminski, J. Sim,D. (2007) The Production of the Chichester Helmet. Sussex Archaeological Collections. 145. 217-221 The Sussex Archaeological society. Lewes.

Fulford, M., Sim, D., Doig, A. (2004) The Production of Roman Ferrous Armour: a metallographic survey of material from Britain, Denmark and Germany and its implications.  Journal of Roman Archaeology 197-220.

Fulford, M., Sim, D., Doig, A., (2004) In defence of Rome: a metallographic investigation of Roman ferrous armour from Northern Britain.  Journal of Archaeological Science 32. 241-250.

Sim, D. N. (2003) Roman blacksmithing, in Industry in North-West Roman Southwark:  Excavations 1984-8. Frederike Hammer. MoLAS monograph 17. London.  Museum of London Archaeology Service.

Sim, D.N. (2002) Reinforcing a Roman Helmet during the Dacian Wars.  Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies 12/13. 105 -107.

Sim, D. N. and Ridge, I. (2002) Iron for the Eagles. Tempus. Gloucestershire.

Sim, D. N. with Connolly, P. and Watson, C. (2001) An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Three Methods of Spear Grip used in Antiquity. Journal of battlefield technology,4.2. 49-54.

Sim, D. N.  (2000) The Making and Testing of a Falx also known as the Dacian Battle Scythe. Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies 11. 37-41.

Sim, D. N. and Ridge, I. (2000) Examination of a Moulding Plane Blade from Vindolanda. The Journal of the Historical Metallurgy Society 34. 2. 77-82.

Sim, D. N. (1998e) The Use of Domestic Hearths as a Means of Annealing Carbon Steel. Historical Metallurgy Society News Letter 39.

Sim, D. N. (1998d).  Experiments to Fire (bake) Clay Sling Shot in an Open Fire. Arbeia Journal. 6-7.

Sim, D. N. (1998c) The Examination of Two Pieces of lorica segmentata from Vindolanda.  Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies. 9.

Sim, D. N. (1998b) Beyond the Bloom: Bloom refining and iron artefact production in the Roman World. British Archaeological Reports. International Series 725.

Sim, D. N. (1998a) The Reproduction of a Roman hammer. Tools and Trades History Society 60, 17-23.

Sim.D.N. (1997c)Experiments to Fire or Bake Sling Shots in an Open Fire. The Arbeia Journal  6-7. 64-65.

Sim, D. N. (1997b) Experiments to Produce Roman styli by Forging and Machining on a Pole Lathe. Antiquity 71, Number 274, 1011-15.

Sim, D. N. (1997a) Roman Chain-mail: Experiments to Reproduce the Techniques of Manufacture. Britannia 28, 359-371.

Sim, D. N. (1996b) Experiments to Examine the Manufacturing Techniques used to make PlumbataeARBIA Journal 4 13-19.

Sim, D. N. (1996a) Weapons and Mass Production. Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies 6. 1-3.

Sim, D. N. (1995d) Beyond the bloom: bloom refining and artefact production in Roman Britain. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Reading.

Sim, D. N. (1995c) Weapons and Mass production. In Roman Military Equipment: Experiment and Reality. C. Van driel-Murray (ed.). 1-3.

Sim, D. N. (1995b) How an Iron Age Smith Forged a Sword. In How it Was Done? Readers Digest. 288-9.

Sim, D. N. (1995a) Experiments to Examine the Manufacturing Techniques used to make Plumbata.  The Arbeia Journal 4, 13-20.

Sim, D. N. and W. B. Griffiths (1993c) Experiments with Replica Roman javelins. The Arbeia Journal 2. 1-13.

Sim, D. N. (1993b) The Manufacture of Javelin Heads. The Arbeia Journal 2, 37-40.

Sim, D. N. (1993a) Experience and Experiment: a blacksmith’s comment on the ironworking. In A medieval industrial complex and its landscape: The metalworking, watermills and workshops of Bordesley Abbey. G.G. Astill. (ed.) C.B.A. Research Report.288-291.

Sim, D. N. (1992b) The Manufacture of Disposable Weapons for the Roman army. Journal of Roman Military Studies 3, 105-119.

Sim, D. N. (1992a) Some Misunderstandings Concerning the Use of Blacksmith’s Tongs. The Journal of the Historical Metallurgy Society 26, 63-65.





























7 Responses to Publications

  1. Peter Bray says:

    Dear Dr. Sim
    I am currently doing a BaHons in music looking at doing an MA in classics and ancient history. I want to discover more about the music of ancient Rome. I have done some experimental archeology, with replicas of Roman instruments (the buccina/cornu, tuba and lituus) and discovered a number of capabilites that were certainly on a par with the baroque era. I know that your field of research isn’t music. Though I am after advice on applications and funding. I certainly believe that, because we haven’t found it, it doesn’t mean to say it didn’t exist.

    Yours Sincerely

    Peter Bray

    P.S I have ordered iron for the eagles. I look forward to reading it.

  2. Catherine says:

    Dear Dr David Sim,

    I am reconstructing some hipposandals tomorrow and I was wondering if you have ever reconstructed hipposandals before??

    I really need to get some decent pictures of hipposandals being fitted onto a hoof, do you have photos I could use?

    Many thanks for your time,


  3. Daniel says:

    Hi David,

    I am after a copy of your article: Sim,D.N. (2002) Reinforcing a Roman helmet during the Dacian Wars. Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies 12/13. 105 -107 but am unable to locate a copy. I am in Australia and do not really have access to the JRMES. I am happy to pay for the article and need it as soon as possible.

    Thanks for any help,


    • david says:

      Dear Danel, Mike Bishop edits the journal and he
      may have an electronic version of the article but I don’t. If he can’t help you let me know and I will try to find another way.

      Can’t promise it will be quick – I am very busy.



  4. Frédéric Gaubicher says:

    Hi David,
    I see your publication about the dacian falx.
    Why do you fill the edge and don’t forged it ?

    Best regards,

  5. Martyn says:

    Evening Dr David Sim,

    My name is Martyn and I was told by Dr Susan England a few weeks ago that you were in need of an Illustrator and a 3D designer to help you with your work?
    Susan also mentioned that you wanted the 3D models of your work animated and you were also looking at making a website to sustain all these materials.
    If and when you have free time please contact me as your convenience.

    Yours sincerely,


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