Mining experiments have been carried out over a number of years at Cwmystwyth.
Fire-setting has been used to break up the rock and antler tools and reconstructed
hafted stone hammers to mine a small area of mineral vein.
After some half dozen experiments the ratio of wood fuel used to amount of rock mined
(kg) was found to have improved considerably i.e. from 1:1 to 1:2 (photo S. Timberlake)
Antler tools used to break up the rock (S. Timberlake)
Beach cobbles some 1-2 kilos in weight have been slightly notched and hafted using
twisted hazel sticks (withies) and rawhide fastenings. (B. Craddock)
This website was made possible by a grant from the Cambrian Archaeology Association
Archaeological fire set rock profile(s) from Comet Lode
Open cut, Copa Hill, Cwmythstwyth for comparison (B. Craddock)