Tin mining in Britain

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Tin mining in Britain took place from prehistoric times until the 20th century. Mention of tin mining in Britain was made by many Classical writers. As South-West Britain was one of the few parts of England to escape glaciation, tin ore was readily available on the surface. Originally it is likely that alluvial deposits in the gravels of streams were exploited but later underground working took place. Shallow cuttings were then used to extract ore. In the 19th century advances in mining engineering enabled the exploitation of much deeper mines. In a few cases these mines even extended both to multiple levels and workings below the seabed.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ Hawkes, J. R. (1974). "Volcanism and metallogenesis: the tin province of South-West England". Bulletin Volcanologique 38 (3): 1125–1146. Bibcode:1974BVol...38.1125H. doi:10.1007/BF02597110. 
  2. ^ Developments in the Early Bronze Age Metallurgy of Southern Britain by S. P. Needham, M. N. Leese, D. R. Hook and M. J. Hughes, World Archaeology Vol. 20, No. 3, Archaeometallurgy (Feb., 1989), pp. 383-402
  3. ^ Metal Makes the World Go Round

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