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Blackpatch Flint Mines

Ancient Mine / Quarry

<b>Blackpatch Flint Mines</b>Posted by A R CaneImage © A R Cane
Nearest Town:Arundel (8km WSW)
OS Ref (GB):   TQ094089 / Sheet: 198
Latitude:50° 52' 7.12" N
Longitude:   0° 26' 42.42" W

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from James Dyer's 'Southern England, an archaeological guide'

Today only low hollows indicated where more than a hundred flint mine shafts lie buried beneath the soil. Seven were excavated in the 1920s - they showed that the pits were dug to reach a seam of nodular flint about 3.4m down. From most of the shafts galleries radiated out (as far as daylight permitted them to be worked). As a new gallery was dug the chalk extracted was deposited in one of the already worked galleries. Some shafts contained cremations and burials, and small barrows were built over the filled=up mines.

"From these remains it is possible to deduce that the mines had been worked intermittently for perhaps 500 years through the Neolithic toMiddle Bronze Age. A new shaft dug every five years would have supplied the needs of a small community, traces of whose village were found north east of the mines" (on the other side of the footpath up the hill).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
30th April 2004ce