Gold Rush: 1848–1860: Mining Techniques
This is a drawing of gold miners at the diggings. The term, “diggings” means an excavation site for digging or mining ore, metals or precious stones. In this case, the miners are digging for gold. Mining gold was hard, monotonous work that was mostly unrewarding. It combined, one miner said, "the various arts of canal-digging, ditching, laying stone walls, ploughing and hoeing potatoes."