Copper ingot donated to Amlwch museum


AN ANCIENT copper ingot is being donated to a museum by a member of the family who found it.

The relic was made from copper ore dug out of the Parys Mountain mine around 2,000 years ago.

The ingot was found by the Fanning-Evans family who ran the Mona Mine in the mid-to-late 1800s.

Thomas Fanning Evans lived in Amlwch and he was the first metal mine’s inspector in North Wales, he was also a J.P., High Sheriff, and shipowner.

Anne Brennan, of Dwyran, is a distant relative of the family and has donated most of the family heirlooms to various museums.

Bryan
Hope is the secretary of the Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust and said
the gift was ‘priceless’ to the town in historical terms.

“It’s something like a very thick copper lens about 12-13 inches in diametre and three inches thick,” said Mr Hope.

“It’s reminiscent of the way that the Romans cast their ingots when they occupied Britain,” he said.

“Three were found in the late 1800s and this one has been returned to Amlwch from the family of Mrs Brennan.

“Previous ones had borne Roman letters stamped on them but this one doesn’t have a stamp at all.

“It
looks like a black mass and is quite interesting. It would have come
from the bottom of a furnace and formed this ‘cake’ shape that’s
like a lens.

“Then they would have been taken back to Rome to make arms and the short daggers that the Romans used,” he said.

The “bun ingot” will be officially donated to the trust on Monday at the Old Sail Loft in Amlwch Port.

Mrs Brennan said: “It should be in a museum. It’s very heavy and I’ve given the thing to them.”

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