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Dolaucothi Pumsaint: Survey And Excavations At A Roman Gold Mining Complex 1987 1999 Barry Burnham

Dolaucothi Pumsaint: Survey And Excavations At A Roman Gold Mining Complex 1987 1999

Barry Burnham

Published October 1st 2004
ISBN : 9781842171127
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Dolaucothi, near the modern village of Pumsaint in south-west Wales, is the only site in Britain where the Romans are known to have mined for gold. The main workings, which are thought to span various phases of exploitation from the pre-Roman throughMoreDolaucothi, near the modern village of Pumsaint in south-west Wales, is the only site in Britain where the Romans are known to have mined for gold. The main workings, which are thought to span various phases of exploitation from the pre-Roman through to the present, can be traced over a series of archaeological investigations carried out at this important complex over a period of 12 years, from 1987 to 1999. These investigations have helped to clarify several aspects of the mines development, the technologies involved, and the impact of the mines on the wider cultural and environmental landscape during the later 1st and 2nd centuries, when the Romans had a major presence in the Dolaucothi area. fort and vicus at the village of Pumsaint- the excavation and survey of various leat systems which supplied water to the mines- excavations in the vicinity of a possible mill complex, which revealed new evidence about ore crushing and processing- excavations in the vicinity of a possible bath-house- and geophysical survey and excavation in the vicinity of the Roman road from Llandovery to Pumsaint, which revealed further evidence of civilian settlement. The authors also provide a history of previous excavations and research at the site.