Metal and obsidian

Pre-Columbian extraction of raw materials in southern Peru

Southern Peru is one of those landscapes which has so far been studied very little, especially with regard to issues of raw materials. Surprisingly, the fabled gold riches of the pre-Columbian cultures of South America have hardly led to any studies about raw material extraction. For the most part, specific objects have been used to investigate archaeometallurgical and craftwork-related questions. In this respect, however, southern Peru has tended to be overshadowed by the better-investigated areas in the coastal zone of northern Peru and of the Altiplano. And yet the south Peruvian landscape is at least equally revealing.

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Mining on Bear Island

At the turn of the 19th/20th centuries, in the context of the German Empire’s efforts at colonial and economic expansion, several German expeditions investigated the coal deposit on Bear Island, now part of Spitsbergen.

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100th anniversary of the central office of the Ruhr mining rescue service

On 4 October 1909, the first meeting of the Kommission zur Regelung des Rettungswesens (Commission for the Regulation of the Rescue Services) took place in Essen, in the offices of the Verein für die bergbaulichen Interessen im Oberbergamtsbezirk Dortmund (Association for Mining Interests in the Chief Mining Authority District of Dortmund, referred to more briefly as the Bergbau-Verein, Mining Association).

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Glück auf ! The Ruhr. Coal mining after 1945

In 2009 montan.dok, or rather the relevant research department, put together the first temporary special exhibition for the annexe opened at the end of the year. The topic was the history of coal mining in the Federal Republic of Germany, with a particular focus on the Ruhr mining industry from 1945 to the present.

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“Foreign(ers) in the district?”

initiative of the archives in the Ruhr as part of the RUHR 2010 Capital of Culture project – sub-project “Foreign(ers) to mining. Foreign nationals in the Ruhr mining industry”

In the context of the year in which the Ruhr was a European Cultural Capital, 2010, several exhibitions on various aspects of the topic were planned. One of the measures taken to bring together the elements in this decentralized presentation was a joint publication.

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