At 12:37 27/03/05 +0100, Trevor Dunkerley wrote:
>Is there any documentary evidence for copper smelting at the above mine.
None that I'm aware of. There is the possibility of small scale smelting in
the late medieval period but from the late 17th century / early 18th
century (the period of peak high grade production) the shipment of ores to
be smelted in Neath, Bristol and the Wye Valley is well documented .
Suggestions have been made, based on slag found in the River Mole which
flows through the site, that copper might have been smelted there - Anon.
History and Description of the New Bampfylde Copper Mine, (prepared for the
British Association meeting at Exeter, 1869). The slag is, however, more
likely to be the residue from iron smelting - the two can be difficult to
differentiate. Recovery and analysis of slag from the site would clarify
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