|Our group readying for a trip down the mine.|
Oh, I must also explain that "pit" doesn't have quite the same meaning in as in American usage where we might be thinking of open mining on the surface in a big hole such as the former mountain, now a huge "pit" at Kennecott Copper on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. A pit in Britain is a mine down a shaft (where the miners usually got shafted). It only gets more confusing as "pit" in Cymraeg is "pwll" or "pool" which also can mean "pit." Nevertheless we went down into the bowels of the earth. And I have already blogged on that here.
I did get this great pic of the map in the visitors center of Big Pit.
|Note Blaenavon on the far northeast, the edge of the coal valleys. Llanfoist and Abergavenny are just over the Blorenge.|
|Professor Tom explaining the iron furnaces.|
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