The Salt and Coal Industries at St Monans, Fife, in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Out of print.

69pp. 4 colour plates, 50 illus, several tables; ISSN 1360-5550

Archaeological investigations between 1985 and 1995 provided the key to unlock the fugitive evidence of a heavily industrialised landscape of the late 18th century, in an area now rolling farmland. Modern perceptions are reversed by this fascinating integrated analysis of hidden traces found in historic documents and old maps, coupled with new evidence from aerial survey and excavations. Ideal circumstances came together 200 years ago at St Monans, where capital, raw materials, skilled labour and innovative engineering were fused to create one of the most important sites of the Industrial Revolution in rural Scotland. The saltpans survive as a unique monument to the lives of the engineers, salters and colliers who created this part of our early industrial history.

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