Siller Holes, West Linton: a medieval lead mining site

Author(s):  Valerie E. Dean 

Contributor(s): Carol Christiansen, Thea Gabra-Sanders, Anita Quye, Clare Thomas and Maureen Young

Summary: Lead ore (galena) had been extracted from the site of Siller Holes, West Linton, from medieval times if not earlier; there, according to tradition, silver was refined from the lead (Pb). Creation of a pond at the foot of Lead Law produced large quantities of textiles, leather and pottery which could be dated to the 12th to 14th centuries; lead, slag and ore were also recovered. As there is no documented reference to the site until the late 16th century, it has not yet been established who was exploiting the minerals.

Keyword(s): organic material, inorganic material, textiles, pottery sherd

Location(s): Siller Holes, West Linton, Scotland, UK 

Period(s): medieval

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The Society gratefully acknowledges funding towards the publication of SAIR 81 from The Hunter Archaeological & Historical Trust. 

Published: 17-12-2018

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