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Prehistoric Metal Mining in Britain

When Nov 27, 2014
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
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A talk to the Fen Edge Archaeology Group. All are welcome.

Some 12 Early-Middle Bronze Age mines in Britain have now been examined archaeologically and dated, some 10–11 of these by the Early Mines Research Group. Mining for copper beagn in SW Ireland around 2400 BC, whilst the earliest mining in Britain began around 2100–2000 BC in West Wales, with prospection spreading to North Wales, then to Central England. Much of this early activity ceased around 1600–1500 BC, although deep mining using stone and bone tools continued on the Great Orme for another 300 years after that, but largely ceased at the end of the Middle Bronze Age, following the
increase in imported metal/ metal artefacts.

Dr Simon Timberlake is a Senior Researcher at Cambridge Archaeological Unit and a Member of the McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge. He has been Investigating Bronze Age mines in Britain for c.25 years, and founder member of Early Mines Research Group. For last 10 years he has been undertaking, archaeological experiments in prehistoric mining, smelting and bronze casting.

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