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How Important Is A Good Mining Search?

15 May

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The discovery of this shaft within a residential development plot in West Cornwall certainly highlights the value of a carefully conducted mine search.

Whilst in an area of historical mining activity, the historical archive plans available did not identify any shafts within the site.

However, the presence of a mine burrow (waste tip) and other telltale mining features from the old maps provided clues.

Interpretation by an experienced mining geologist suggested a likelihood of a shaft and its potential location.

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As is evident from the digger tyre tracks in the photograph, the search was certainly focused in the correct area! On further investigation using the correct end of the digger, a fine example of a timber lined shaft was unveiled which can now be remediated appropriately.