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Whether they are still operational or long-abandoned, Quarries are often dismissed as eyesores. Despite this, they can be fascinating to visit, and provide an interesting link to a once-powerful and necessary industry. Although the Romans worked quarries, it was not until the Middle Ages that the industry became established on a large scale. It then achieved its height during the nineteenth century in response to industrialisation and the associated demand for stone. The book deals with the extraction methods of various types of stone and the rise and slow decline of quarrying across the UK. While telling the history of quarrying, it also covers some of the most famous and notable quarrying sites.
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Peter Stanier was born and educated in Cornwall, where he developed an interest in the history of metal mining and stone quarrying, evidence of which is hard to escape in the county. Since graduating at Southampton and Bath universities he has become an authority on the granite industry of south-west England. He is a writer and lecturer in archaeology and industrial archaeology and lives at Shaftesbury in Dorset.

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