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PostSubject: CAVERS - Poor people   Thu 18 Mar 2010, 11:16 am

CAVERS - Poor people, often old women, who searched and reworked the hillocks for discarded ore.

The word first occurs about 1538.

The number of cavers increased dramatically after about 1570-1580, after the introduction of the sieve and vat and ore hearth smelting furnace.



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PostSubject: Re: CAVERS - Poor people   Thu 18 Mar 2010, 4:41 pm

Reasonably accurate

After all, the club is mostly "old women" and we do search for discarded ore



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