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 the word alutias used by Pliny (34,47) for another heavy mineral (?platinum, ?tin).
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.
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Last edited: 25 May 2019
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