A presentation to the Archaeology Department Seminar, 21 November 2002
In August of this year a comparison was made between the amount of iron produced in the Roman occupation period on Exmoor and that produced in the area in modern times - suggesting that the former was, relatively, of greater importance.
Exmoor National Park, Press Release No. 27 (August 2002).
This paper provides a historical perspective on the current interest in early iron working on Exmoor, relating it to later, post Industrial Revolution, activity and making comparisons with the mining and processing of non-ferrous metal ores. It questions the validity of the comparison between Roman (pre-industrial) iron production and that in the late 19th century when the Brendon Hill mines in particular provided an essential input into the South Wales iron and steel industry. The paper also includes an extended review of the evidence for pre-industrial iron working on and around Exmoor, only touched upon in the presentation
The paper is available for download as a Lotus WordPro file (607Kb), with illustrations embedded in the document - Exmoor Iron: a historical perspective - or as a Word 6 file however, as the file was written using WordPro and converted to Word 6, there may be some loss or corruption of illustrations; alternatively a paper copy has been deposited with archaeology department for photocopying - see Dr Gill Juleff.