The Early Mines Research Group was formed in 1988 by a group of specialist mining
historians, geologists, archaeologists and archaeo-metallurgists interested in researching
the origins of metal mining in Britain.
For more than 20 years members of the group have carried out surveys and archaeological
excavations which have resulted in the discovery of seven Early Bronze Age copper
mines, six of which are to be found within the Cambrian Mountains of mid-Wales.
The group has also carried out work on Roman and Medieval mines and lead smelting
sites in addition to undertaking a programme of experimental archaeology designed
to investigate the techniques of prehistoric mining and smelting.
Members of the excavation and research team have also worked on other early mining
investigations both in Britain and around the world.