Archaeology; A Classified Collection of the Chief Contents of the Gentleman's Magazine from 1731-1868 Volume 2

Archaeology; A Classified Collection of the Chief Contents of the Gentleman's Magazine from 1731-1868 Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...when mining for tin was carried on most actively. I have but little doubt that nearly all the perforations in the cliffs of the tin district--such as are seen in a most remarkable manner in the granite at Clegga Head and scattered along the cliffs in St. Agnes and Perranzabuloe--belong to this period. That very extensive mining operations were carried on at that time on Dartmoor is ' certain; and evidences of the existence of a large population still remain. The singularly isolated churches on the moor are all supposed to be of this date. We have, therefore, in dealing with this question, to separate with care the Roman workings, and the so-called "Jews' workings," from the true early British excavations. The evidences of sheltering earth-works appear to me to be exceedingly strong in favour of the existence of the most ancient of British mines. One of the most remarkable of those is the Bolster, in St. Agnes, which may be traced from Poltreen to Chapel Porth; and there are many indications of its having been continued in the other direction to Trevannance, thus enclosing the whole of St. Agnes Beacon, upon and around which tin has been and is abundant. Similar enclosures are to be yet traced in St. Just and many other places, and either within or very near these we may generally find that every lode has been worked--by simply clearing it out as far as the primitive miner could follow it--by following every string, however small in size it may have been, and indeed by employing the rudest methods of the untaught mind. Many of the rock castles, many of the "rounds" could have been constructed for no other purpose than to protect the stores of tin which had been gathered in the neighbourhood of them. I believe...show more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123685957X
  • 9781236859570