Muntz Metal and Shipping Building: How a Family Built an Mmpire

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) Seminar Series.

Muntz Metal, an alloy of copper and zinc, remains a significant find in shipwrecks across the globe. In the 19th century, its introduction revolutionized maritime safety for the British Empire navigation by providing a cost-effective sheathing solution. Created by the Muntz family in Birmingham, the commercialization of the muntz metal links local resources such as copper with global commerce. In the process, the history of Muntz Metal Company also brings light into scientific inquiry, commercial rivalry, and the global landscape.

Through maritime archaeology and historical sources, this presentation aims to delve into the study of Muntz Metal Company. By using commercial records, material culture, and historical testimonies, we seek to understand the repercussions that the development of Muntz Metal had into navigation and commercial expansion.

Andrés Zuccolotto is a doctoral candidate in History at the College of San Luis Potosí in Mexico. With a background as a conservator and maritime archaeologist at the Underwater Archaeology Directorate of the National Institute of History and Anthropology of Mexico, he specializes in the study and conservation of maritime heritage. His research is centered on fastening elements and copper-zinc alloy seathings of maritime vessels. Andrés has contributed to international research projects in Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia, furthering our understanding of maritime history and cultural preservation.

Become a Fellow

Join the Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture and become a participating member in advancing research, thought, policy and practice to advance the field of digital agriculture and help build stronger, more resilient agri-food systems.

Stay up to Date

Receive our newsletter for announcements of events, opportunities, digital ag news, Cornell news, and more.

CIDA - Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture

If you have a disability and are having trouble accessing information on this website or need materials in an alternate format, contact [email protected] for assistance.


CIDA Copyright 2023 | CIDA is an equal opportunity employer | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy