The Archaeology of Underground Mines and Quarries in England

BookThe Archaeology of Underground Mines and Quarries in England

The Archaeology of Underground Mines and Quarries in England

Historic England

2019

February 15th, 2019

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Underground mine and quarry workings are to be found in all counties in England. This little-seen and often exciting world has workings that are different from each other in terms of what was extracted and how this was achieved. The archaeological evidence allows us to interpret what was being done and when this took place. Some places have impressive workings and these have such things as engine chambers, arched levels, deep shafts, underground canals, drainage soughs, and discarded equipment.

This book presents a detailed introduction to the underground mining and quarrying heritage in England. It reviews the many types of mineral and stone taken from the ground over several millennia and also looks at the wide range of archaeological remains that survive today and are accessible to those who venture underground. It is designed to illustrate the many and varied wonders to be found underground and give the reader ways forward should they wish to follow up their interest in particular types of extraction or what is present in their region.

Underground mine and quarry workings are to be found in all counties in England. This little-seen and often exciting world has workings that are different from each other in terms of what was extracted and how this was achieved. The archaeological evidence allows us to interpret what was being done and when this took place. Some places have impressive workings and these have such things as engine chambers, arched levels, deep shafts, underground canals, drainage soughs, and discarded equipment. This book presents a detailed introduction to the underground mining and quarrying heritage in England. It reviews the many types of mineral and stone taken from the ground over several millennia and also looks at the wide range of archaeological remains that survive today and are accessible to those who venture underground. It is designed to illustrate the many and varied wonders to be found underground and give the reader ways forward should they wish to follow up their interest in particular types of extraction or what is present in their region. • An introduction to the underground mining and quarrying heritage in England • Contains descriptions of all known underground products and all important archaeological features with emphasis on particularly rare and important sites • Extensive glossary contains explanation of mining terms

  • Presents a detailed introduction to the underground mining and quarrying heritage in England. 
  • Reviews the many types of mineral and stone taken from the ground over several millennia. 
  • Designed to illustrate the many and varied wonders to be found underground and give the reader ways forward should they wish to follow up their interest in particular types of extraction or what is present in their region.

Author Information

John Barnatt is an archaeologist and underground explorer, who worked for three decades as the Senior Survey Archaeologist for the Peak District National Park until recent retirement; he has spent many years recording underground workings.