A report recently discovered in the "Wellington Journal, 16th May 1863- Broseley News” has been causing some debate:
"On the afternoon of Tuesday, as some of the colliers in the employ of Messrs. G. and J. Langford were engaged in getting coal near to the Ferry-field, they came upon some old workings near a fault. Here they discovered several primitive articles, used at some remote period in those ancient workings.
These included a basket, a skeleton dan, an axe, and a gaun. ........ The iron hoops which bound the gaun have long since perished. The staves, the handle, and the circular bottom, about nine inches in diameter, are intact. These articles were found between two faults, which exist in this locality. ..... "
(for a full report see "What the Papers Say" - 1863, May 16).
Picture 1, Above: Was this the German equivalent of
the dan described with a gaun (or Broseley “shukey” lamp)
to light the way?
Picture: Illustration from ‘Das Buch vom Bergbau’ by E.H.Berninger, 1556.