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Dr Peter Claughton

Hon. University Fellow - College of Humanities

Department of History
University of Exeter
Amory Building
Rennes Drive

Tel: 01392 724297

Short CV


Peter Frederick Claughton, born Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, 15 March 1946.

Educated Grange Boys Grammar School, Bradford; No. 2 School of Technical Training, RAF Cosford; and the University of Exeter.

Served in the Royal Air Force 1963-1986 as an electronics technician. Last posting - RAF Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, as Unit Test Equipment Engineer.

Since leaving the RAF runs a small business retailing parts for Land-Rover / Range-Rover / Discovery vehicles; advising customers on maintenance and servicing of those vehicles.

Consultant in mining history and archaeology. Currently directing the development of a Research Framework for the Archaeology of the Extractive Industries (Mining and Quarrying) in England for the National Association of Mining History Organisations - go to the Research pages at www.namho.org

Academic / Research Interests.

Over 25 years experience in researching the history and archaeology of the extractive industries.

Particularly interested in the mining and smelting of silver-lead ores, focusing on Wales and South-West England.

A honorary research fellow (University Fellow) with the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter.

Awarded a PhD. in Economic and Social History for work on 'Silver Mining in England and Wales, 1066-1500.'

Co-owner of the UK higher education mining-history e-mail discussion list and responsible its for day to day management.

Conservation Officer and Member of Council for the National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO); a member of the management committee of the mining interest group with TICCIH (the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage); past member of council for the Historical Metallurgy Society; and recently (2004 - 2009) appointed to the UK working group of the European COST (Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) Action A27 “Understanding pre-industrial structures in rural and mining landscapes (LANDMARKS)”.

Recent published work.

Mineral Resources, in A Social History of England, 900-1200, eds J. Crick and E. van Houts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)

‘Les mines d’argent du roi anglais et le paysage historique de Devon : le Projet Bere Ferrers’, ArcheoSciences, revue d’archéométrie, 34 (2010), 299-306

With Stephen Rippon and Chris Smart, Mining in a Medieval Landscape: the Royal Silver Mines of the Tamar Valley (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2009)

‘Silver and the demand for lead: assessing production levels in late medieval England and Wales’, in P. Hubry (ed.) Stribrna Jihlava 2007 (Jihlava: Archaia Brno, 2008)

Coal, Ore and Metals: Coastal Mining Landscapes of South-West Britain, in Landmarks: Profiling Europe’s Historic Landscapes, eds Bartels, Ruiz del Árbol, van Londen and Orejas, (Bochum: Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, 2008)

'Mining law in England and Wales: understanding boundaries in the landscape,’ in Sfruttamento, tutela e valorizzazione territorio. Dal diritto romano alla regolamentazione europea e internazionale, ed. F. Reduzzi, (Napoli: Ed. Jovene, 2007)

"New techniques, new sources: The British steel industry and its ore supply, 1850-1950", Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of Paleosiderurgy, (Donostia / San Sebastian, Spain, 2005) pp. 277-290

The Combe Martin Mines, (Combe Martin Local History Group, updated 2nd edn 2004) - originally published in Out of the World and into Combe Martin in 1989 and reprinted as separate booklet in 1992.

"Production and economic impact: Northern Pennine (English) silver in the 12th century", Proceedings of the 6th International Mining History Congress, (Akabira, Japan, 2003), pp. 146-149. Available as a pdf file from the Congress web site or as a Word file.

Lead Smelting Waste from the 2001-2002 Excavations at Combe Martin, Devon, with Sarah Paynter and Trevor Dunkerley, English Heritage, Centre for Archaeology, Report 79/2003.

"English Mining Entrepreneurs in the Late Medieval Period", in Proceedings of the 5th International Mining History Congress, Milos, Greece, September 2000, (Milos Conference Center - George Eliopoulos, 2001), pp. 375-382.

"North Devon and Exmoor. Methodology for mining history research; identifying and maintaining the integrity of a fragile mining landscape" in R. Cole (ed), NAMHO 2000: Proceedings of the international NAMHO conference, (Truro: Cornwall Archaeological Unit, October 2001), pp. 73-83. The text is also available as a Word file.

'Mining History and the Internet', paper presented to the National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO) meeting in the Forest of Dean, September 1999, and published in Mining History, the Bulletin of the Peak District Mines Historical Society, Vol.14, No.6 (Winter 2001), pp.50-53.

A contribution, on silver-lead mining and steam power applied to mining in The Industrial Archaeology of Exmoor, ed. M. Atkinson, (Tiverton: Exmoor Books, 1997).

"The Lumburn Leat - evidence for new pumping technology at Bere Ferrers in the 15th century" in The Archaeology of Mining in South-West Britain, ed. Phillip Newman, Mining History: Bulletin PDMHS., Vol. 13, No. 2, 1996, pp. 35-40.

"Notes on the development of bole smelting," British Mining No. 55 (1995), 127-138.

"Carmarthen United: An example of under-capitalisation in a mid 19th century lead venture" British Mining, No.50 (1994), 149-157.

"Silver-Lead: Technical Choice in the Devon Mines" in Ford, T.D. and Willies, L. (Eds) Mining before Powder: Papers presented at the Georgius Agricola 500th Anniversary Conference, March 1994. (Matlock: Peak District Mines Historical Society, Bulletin Vol.12 No.3, Summer 1994), pp.54-59.

"The Medieval Silver Lead Miner" Bulletin of the Peak District Mines Historical Society, Vol.12 No.2 (Winter 1993), 28-30.

"Medieval Silver-Lead Smelting in Devon" in Willies, L. and Cranstone, D. (Eds) Boles and Smeltmills: Report of a Seminar on the History and Archaeology of Lead Smelting (Historical Metallurgy Society Ltd, 1992), pp.12-15.

"The Mining Parishes of East Buckland and Charles" British Mining, No.39 (1989), 4-13.

Edited publications

Water Power in Mining, papers presented at the National Association of Mining History Organisations' conference at Aberystwyth, 5-8 July 2002, (Matlock Bath: PDMHS Mining History 15, 4/5, 2004).

Publication pending

"Mining history and archaeology in Britain: an integrated approach", Proceedings of the Société Archéologique Française d’Etudes des Mines et de la Métallurgie (forthcoming).

Silver sources in the late 10th century. a paper read to the Vikings '97 conference in Tavistock, April 1997.

Silver mining and the English Crown: direct working of the Devon mines, 1292 to 1350. paper presented to the IVth International Mining History Congress, Guanajuato, Nov. 1998.



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