Silver paths between Orient and Occident

Silberpfade zwischen Orient und Okzident

1 March 2014 - 4 January 2015

Charlemagne and Harun al-Rashid. Two charismatic medieval rulers, two major powers, two leading figures of a new era.

For all their differences, there are also many parallels between the two: their structures, forms of government, and canons of values. Both rulers mark a high point for the peoples of their empires, not just in terms of power politics, but also in terms of civilization.
Between Aachen and Baghdad – 5000 km apart – a brilliant, dynamic tapestry of arts and sciences unfolds.
Within the framework of the exhibition, the silver mining industry is used as an example to show different technologies which can be found at the same time in the Frankish and Abbasid empires. For example, while Frankish miners in Melle (France) used fire-setting to extract minerals, the Persian miners in ar-Radrad (Yemen) used only hammers and picks.
A comparison between the two technological and social contexts allows us to draw conclusions about the historical development of silver mining from an archaeological perspective.

Guided tours of the special exhibition

Guided tours of the special exhibition

From 9 March, Sundays, 14:00

On Sundays at 14.00 we will be offering open guided tours of the special exhibition “Silver paths between Orient and Occident”.

If you would like to join a guided tour, please speak to a member of a visitor services team before 14.00 on Sunday. We’re happy to help.

You’re welcome to book tickets in advance. Tickets must be collected at least 30 minutes before the tour.

Visitor services
+49 (234) 5877 126 (except Mondays)
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Day of action

Day of action

15 June 2014, 11:00-17:00

Experience experimental archaeology up close. The well-versed archaeologist Florian Téréygeol demonstrates medieval smelting and production techniques. Vividly experience how silver is extracted from ore.

Construction of the special exhibition



Am Bergbaumuseum 28
44791 Bochum

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Visitor information
Tel +49 (234) 5877 126/128
(except mondays)

Opening hours

Tue – Fri
8:30 – 17:00
Sat – Sun
10:00 – 17:00


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