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NAMHO 2019: Lecture Program
Last Updated: 16/05/2019

Lecture program: Call for papers

Mine exploration as a research tool - applications in mining history, geology and archaeology

At May16 there are 2 slots to spare.

Mine exploration, using speleological techniques, takes the researcher into a new and potentially rewarding aspect of mining history and archaeology. It also provides a very different view of the geology and mineralogy to that seen at surface.

The lecture programme at NAMHO 2019 seeks to provide an insight into the research potential for mine exploration and those who use their speleological / caving skills to access abandoned mines.

Offers of papers have already been received which will provide a broad coverage of the subject - from Cornwall to North Wales. Mine exploration has provided an insight into many aspects of past underground activity from prehistoric copper working to medieval quarrying. There will also be papers on the benefits of mine surveys, on firesetting, on mine exploration on Mendip, and on the post-medieval / modern mines of the Gwydyr Forest, in North Wales. And, as the conference location is rich in underground archaeological and geological evidence, there will be detailed accounts of the mines of the Rheidol and Yswyth valleys.

Nevertheless there is still the opportunity to include further papers. If you would like to offer a paper please contact Peter Claughton <> or ring 01437 532578


The programme will run from 09:30 until 17:00 on the Saturday and Sunday, with coffee and lunch breaks - presentations slots will be of 45 minutes, including questions and hand-over, so work on a 30 minute lecture.

Lecture presenters and titles confirmed

John Barnatt - Using underground survey at historic mines.

Peter Burgess - How Old are the Chaldon Quarries?

Tracy Elliott - A visual interpretation of Cornwall and Devon mining

Mateusz Gil, Marek Skubisz, and Rafał Zadak - The Role of Mine Exploration in the Protection of the Wieliczka Salt Mine

Peter Jackson - Working with government organisations in the North Pennines - An account of some experiences of working with government and contractors on metal mine sites and applying that experience to future relationships.

David James - Understanding the geological controls of mining history - the role of the informed mine explorer

Jennifer Protheroe Jones - [Under-] Ground-truthing historic mine plans: case study of Cwmystwyth Mines, North Cardiganshire, 1704-1912

Adam Russell  - Setting the record straight three Derbyshire case studies for the use of underground exploration in advancing knowledge about mines.

Rob Vernon - Gwydyr Forest metal mines: A story within a story

Ed Waters - The 18th Century Lead Mines of Sandford Hill, Mendips

R Alan Williams - A Bronze Age copper bonanza? The Great Orme mine in North Wales

Lynn Willies - firesetting