October 10th, 2015

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Random Mine of the Day: 1st Century Roman Iron working.

I was hanging about Kit Hill South Mine this morning, and took a couple of snaps,  but I've already done that one,

So instead I decided to randomly select this, as a change from all those 19th century mines.  This was probably once a Roman furnace, for smelting iron ore. It's just outside a large first-century-AD Roman fort, which was discovered a few years ago by some very surprised archaeologists who were looking for evidence of medieval silver mining.  

The big question here is whether the Romans knew there was a rich silver lode just down the hill or not.
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So this is probably a military furnace, created by troops commanded by Vespasian during his campaign in the South West of Britain back when he was a surprisingly -young Legate in his 30s.   About 25 years later, he would become Emperor.