Salt of the earth how Lincolnshire transformed seawater into white gold
Today, salt is a cheap and readily available commodity that we all tend to take for granted. Salt-making sites have even been described as ‘unimpressive’ and ‘unattractive’ – the ‘runt of the archaeological litter’. In his new book, Mineral from the Marshes, Tom Lane sets out to correct this view, showing that salt has been produced in industrial quantities in Lincolnshire since the Middle Bronze Age, and that salt-makers have left a distinctive mark on the landscape. Chris Catling reports.