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EXCAVATION OF SADDLEBOLE MINE

Saddlebole Mine.  The entrance as it was before work by the DCC to lock it and then excavate the interior under close supervision by the National Trust.  The findings were inconclusive but evidence suggests that Saddlebole may have been mined in the early 19th century for cobalt. 

(Left) Planning.  The picture to the left shows planning work underway in the mine.  The techniques used are the same as those on the surface but working by cap-lamps introduces new problems.  Nevertheless, club members are getting used to the increased need to record not just the finds but also the context.  Finds are usually kept in the Club's museum unless they are of intrinsic value.

(Photo by Phill Taylor.) 

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