Pre-industrial Mines and Quarries

Introductions to Heritage Assets

An introduction to pre-industrial mines and quarries.

People have mined and quarried stone and minerals for many thousands of years for a wide range of uses from crafting tools to producing building stone. The earliest evidence for mining and quarrying occurs during the Early Neolithic period around 4000 BC at a time when many innovations were being introduced into the UK.

Descriptions of the asset type as well as its development and associations along with a brief chronology are included.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Description
  • Chronology
  • Development of the asset type
  • Associations
  • Further reading
  • Where to get advice

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 13
  • Product Code: HEAG223


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