A shaped mass of smelted but unworked metal. The shape and size of ingots are determined by custom rather than function, although their weight may be related to the capacity of the means by which they were commonly moved about. Where ingots from a particular source are of standard size and weight they can thus be used as currency for trade. See currency bar; ox‐hide ingot.
Subjects: Archaeology — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).