Thanks - I'd appreciate it. Please let me know one way or the other. It's
also a case of looking to see if there are signs of mining archaeology, such
as spoil heaps, etc on the site.
Regarding any signs of mining inside the fogou, might it not be covered over
with the stone (shored up), after any seams have been used up...?
From: John Colby [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 02 August 2000 19:17
To: Brian Longstaff
Cc: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Fogou Thoughts
Halligye Fogou (on the estate where we're camping from tomorrow, is well
outside the realm of any tin and copper. It is on the Meneague Melange
formation and is barren.
I will look out all the other fogous and correlate them with the
Another of my guises is a mining historian and geologist.
In message <EFAD3F4349AED311A7AA009027DE3E460E905A@VEGSOCSERVER>, Brian
Longstaff <[log in to unmask]> writes
>After seeing (again) the Time Team programme on the fogou at Boleigh in
>Cornwall, and hearing the various theories on what they were used for, it
>makes me wonder if we aren't missing the obvious...
>1) We are talking Iron Age. Apart from wood for living places, the
>of building then still seem to be stone, as it's usually of a plentiful
>2) The areas where fogou are are mainly in the Cornwall area.
>3) It was a violent time, hence many communities had enclosures for
>So there you are, Iron Age Man, and you want tin for smelting. Your
>is inside the enclosure for safety, so why not get your tin from there as
>well - being bashed over the head for such a rare commodity is no fun,
>You begin to dig a crude mine, and you shore it up with the most available
>material, stone. You keep the shaft within the community to make it harder
>for people to dig into it from outside.
>One problem: Stone is not very good for shoring up mines, so the mine can
>only go a small distance , and you quickly learn that these shafts have to
>be short in length to prevent collapse...
>Well, just a theory. Any comments pro or con (and why) gratefully accepted
>from an amateur who probably should have kept his big mouth firmly closed!
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