Mine exploration, using speleological techniques, takes the researcher
into a new and potentially rewarding aspect of mining history and
archaeology. It also provides a very different view of the geology and
mineralogy to that seen at surface.
The lecture programme at NAMHO 2019 seeks to provide an insight into
the research potential for mine exploration and those who use their
speleological / caving skills to access abandoned mines.
Offers of papers have already been received which will provide a broad
coverage of the subject - from Cornwall to North Wales. Mine exploration
has provided an insight into many aspects of past underground activity
from prehistoric copper working to medieval quarrying. There will also be
papers on the benefits of mine surveys, on firesetting, on mine
exploration on Mendip, and on the post-medieval / modern mines of the
Gwydyr Forest, in North Wales. And, as the conference location is rich in
underground archaeological and geological evidence, there will be detailed
accounts of the mines of the Rheidol and Yswyth valleys.
Nevertheless there is still the opportunity to include further papers.
If you would like to offer a paper please contact Peter Claughton <