Mining experiments have been carried out over a number of years at Cwmystwyth.
Fire-setting has been used to break up the rock and antler tools and reconstructed
hafted stone hammers to mine a small area of mineral vein.
After some half dozen experiments the ratio of wood fuel used to amount of rock mined
(kg) was found to have improved considerably i.e. (1:2).
Antler tools used to break up the rock
Beach cobbles some 1-2 kilos in weight have been slightly notched and hafted using
twisted hazel sticks (withies) and rawhide fastenings.
This website was made possible by a grant from the Cambrian Archaeology Association
a) An experimentally mined rock face worked using fire and stone tools, and b) profiles
of the Bronze Age mining gallery.