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PostSubject: Great Orme Bronze Age Mines   Thu 09 Apr 2009, 8:18 am

Location
SH 783 829

Directions
Go to the Pier but do not go onto it. Instead, walk past it and past the front of the Grand Hotel. There is a 2nd entrance to the pier here; go past that too, staying on the road. Around 50 feet past the 2nd pier entrance are some steps leading down to the beach; take these down and continue along to beach (away from the pier). This series of Bronze Age mines are along the cliff face around 50-75 yards onwards and are hidden from view until you are stood in front of them.

Access
Not gated, no known permission required.

Suggested Equipment
None.

Length

Varying in length from only a few feet up to 100 feet.

Flood risk
They all, almost certainly flood in high tide.

Mine Attributes
Bronze age copper mines. Dolomite rock.

Description
These are a short series of bronze age copper mines and can be identified as such from the manner in which they are roughly hewn.

Mine #1
This extends backwards only around 10 feet but there is still evidence of the mining here with the remains of a malachite geode still present. There are beach pebbles in this mine and it is likely to be underwater at high tide.

Mine #2
Only a couple of yards from Mine #1, this mine is situated a little higher up on the cliff face and extends back into the cliff face around 40 feet. There is evidence here that the sea reaches the mine entrance but it may not intrude into the passage.

Mine #3
Only a couple yards further than Mine#2 and at beach level. This mine is nothing more than a grotto but was clearly worked for the mineral which was once evident there.

Mine #4
A little further along from Mine #3, this mine extends backwards further than the rest to up to 100 feet where it terminates in a clay chamber. There is little or no evidence that the sea reaches this terminal chamber but there is compelling evidence it breaches the entrance.

Mine #5
A small grotto near to the modern drainage adit. This small mine again holds evidence of the malachite geode once mined by the Bronze age folk. It also has some interesting formations of the native dolomite rock.

Unexplored Passages
None

Digs
None

Links
None Known

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PostSubject: Re: Great Orme Bronze Age Mines   Thu 09 Apr 2009, 8:30 am



Mine #1




The remains of the mineral extraction in mine #1




Mines #1, #2 and #3




Mine #2




Mine #4

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PostSubject: Re: Great Orme Bronze Age Mines   Thu 09 Apr 2009, 8:35 am



Mine #4. This extends further back than it appears in this photo




Inside mine #4




Mine #5




Mine #5 (sea torn dolomite rock formation)




Evidence of a malachite geode now extracted (well, extracted a long time ago)

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