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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Welsh Industrial Archaeology Panel 2012

David Jenkins of the Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust explains the history of the site.
A couple of weeks ago, the Royal Commission, along with staff from the  Metal Links project, attended the annual Welsh Industrial Archaeology Panel, hosted by the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, and held at the new Heritage Centre in Porth Amlwch, Anglesey. The morning talks focussed on mining across Wales. These included presentations on the Copper Kingdom project, the CALCH project (lime industry), the slate mining industry and an introduction to the Metal Links project. These presentations were followed by an interesting discussion of industrial archaeology throughout Wales, which demonstrated not only the phenomenal work that has already been done but also the future scope for research into what is a core feature of the Welsh heritage. After this, we were treated to a delicious lunch organised by the Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust (AIHT) and then made our way up to Parys Mountain (NPRN:33752) for a guided tour led by David Jenkins of the AIHT. Here, we visited various parts of the site and were given a history of the industrial heritage of the area, which includes metal mining dating back to prehistory. The site is truly astounding and well worth a visit. Overall, it was a fantastic and enlightening day. Thank you to all the speakers for their very interesting presentations, to the Metal Links project for organising the event and to the staff of the AIHT Heritage Centre for hosting the event and providing such great refreshments.

A view of the precipitation pits at Parys Mountain Copper Mines.

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