8. Copperopolis Swansea

Copperopolis Swansea was the centre of copper production and in its 19th Century zenith it produced most of the copper in the world.
In the next few years the site will be redeveloped with a renovation of the works. The site is metres higher than it was at the start telling in layers of soil the development of the industry through the years.

Copper ore was shipped across the world from South America. To extract the copper three times more coal was needed. Copper was used to protect the wood on ships and expensive jewellry. All the finds have to remian on site as they have ingested toxic materials. Amazing history.

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