Mining archeology

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The mining archeology is a branch of archeology that deals with mining and metallurgy busy. The aim of the research is to gain knowledge about the extraction of mineral raw materials , their processing and their dissemination, e.g. B. in the form of trade to win.

Interdisciplinary cooperation is particularly important for this research direction. Among other things, findings from mineralogy , geology and mining science are used. The Archaeometallurgy builds on the findings of mining archeology. Examples from ethnology help to develop models for care strategies, e.g. B. whether those who mined the stone also used it or whether they were specialists.


  • Up and down the hill. 10,000 years of mining in the Eastern Alps . In: Thomas Stöllner , Klaus Oeggl (Hrsg.): Publication from the German Mining Museum Bochum . No. 207 . Leidorf, Bochum 2015, ISBN 978-3-86757-006-0 (scientific supplement to the exhibition in the German Mining Museum Bochum from October 31, 2015 - April 24, 2016; in the Vorarlberg Museum Bregenz from June 11 - October 26 2016).

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