Mining UK Gold mining [USED] Dolauchcothi-Pumsaint: Survey and excavations at a Roman Gold-Mining complex 1987-1999

[USED] Dolauchcothi-Pumsaint: Survey and excavations at a Roman Gold-Mining complex 1987-1999

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Weight 1.62 kg


Barry & Helen Burnham, hardback, 339 pages, Oxbow Books, 2004.

Dolaucothi is the only site in Britain where the Romans are known certainly to have mined for gold. The main workings, which are thought to span various phases of exploitation from the pre-Roman through to the present, can be traced over a distance of more than a kilometre, while the associated settlement areas and leat systems widen the area of interest even further. This volume reports on a series of investigations, carried out at this important complex over a period of 12 years. These have developed our understanding of the impact of the mines on the wider cultural and environmental landscape during the later 1st and 2nd centuries, when the Romans had a major presence in the Dolaucothi area, while also clarifying aspects of the mine's development and the technologies involved. The volume includes reports on: the new excavations on the Roman fort in the village of Pumsaint, together with a geophysical survey which revealed an extensive civilian vicus settlement on its east side; the excavation and survey of various leat systems which supplied water to the mines; excavations near a possible mill complex, which produced new evidence about ore crushing and processing; geophysical survey and excavation on and around the newly-surveyed Roman road from Llandovery to Pumsaint, near a possible bath-house, which indicated further civilian settlement; and an overview of the recent detailed surface survey of the mine workings. The authors also provide a history of previous excavations and research at the site.
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