Attested: Ptolemy 2,3,23 Λουεντινον
Where: Pumsaint Roman fort at SN656406 controlling gold mines in the hills of south-west Wales.
Name origin: Greek λουω ‘to wash’, referring to hushing (overburden removal with water). Compare also Pliny’s word alutiae.
Notes: See Bird (2004) about Roman techniques for gold mining, as described particularly by Pliny, and also Timberlake (2004) for Roman use of water torrents elsewhere.
Last Edited: 26 July 2016