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Comet Lode - Copa Hill

 

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.

 

 

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a) An experimentally mined rock face worked using fire and stone tools, and b) profiles of the Bronze Age mining gallery.