Roman Mines at Dolaucothi

Dolaucothi © David Gill
Dolaucothi © David Gill

Heritage sites engage with the emotions. What was it like for the original residents?

At the National Trust site of Dolaucothi you can join a guided tour, put on your hard hat and explore the workings of the Roman gold mine. And on some of the trips you can slide into some of the shallower workings to experience what it must have been like to extract the ore underground. Some of the workings may in fact go back into the pre-Roman period.

It is also possible to trace the line of the aqueduct bringing water to the ore processing areas.

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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