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World Heritage and Industrial Archaeology on Minions Moor: Cars, Cattle and Commoners

Author(s): Hilary Orange

Year: 2013

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Tin and copper mining on Minions Moor (Cornwall, England) was a relatively brief interlude in the traditional economy of the moor, which is largely based around grazing. In 1836 rich reserves of copper were discovered here, leading to mass immigration and the development of moorland settlements. The ensuing mining boom turned to bust after only 40 years. As the industrial wasteland began to green-over grazing practices were gradually reintroduced. The moor today is commonly seen as a ‘natural’ environment despite its industrial remains. Increasing heritigisation and tourist traffic leads some locals to rue the fact that there are ‘more cars/more people’ on the moor. This paper focuses specifically on tensions between the graziers who hold ‘right of common’ and the continuing valorisation of industrial archaeology on the moor.

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World Heritage and Industrial Archaeology on Minions Moor: Cars, Cattle and Commoners. Hilary Orange. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428309)


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United Kingdom Western Europe

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min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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PaperId(s): 555

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America