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date: 29 February 2020

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Metals were a fundamental part of Roman life, providing a wide range of weapons, coins, implements, and jewellery. In Roman Britain, mining for gold and silver is known to have taken place and the working of these metals is known sporadically, mostly from urban contexts, while lead, tin, copper, and iron was also widely used, either on their own or in combination to form alloys such as bronze or pewter. This chapter explores the archaeological evidence for mining and the distribution and production of metals and metal objects in order to understand the role that metals played in the economy and life of the province.

Keywords: Roman, metal, copper, iron, gold, silver, tin, lead, mine, smelt

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