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Silver Mining in Devon (IA Section)

Thu. 10 December 2020 at 2:00 pm


To be held by Zoom video conferencing.

A talk by Peter Claughton (introduced by Mick Atkinson).

This presentation will look at the mining and processing of silver-bearing ores in Devon from the medieval period through to the nineteenth century. From the first recorded mining in the last decade of the thirteenth century, at Combe Martin in the north of the county and Bere Ferrers in the south, Devon was the only significant source of silver in England and Wales throughout the late medieval period. As a result the English Crown retained control of the workings.

Peter Claughton is an economic historian and archaeologist specializing in the extractive industries, particularly non-ferrous metal mining. He has a long affiliation to the University of Exeter commenced in the early-1990s, initially as a post-graduate student, followed by a short spell as a Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, and latterly as an Honorary University Fellow.

Important notes

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Thu. 10 December 2020
2:00 pm
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Industrial Archaeology Section (Mike Stannard)


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