The stone industry in the Mayen region in the Middle Ages and early modern period

Over long periods of time, basalt and tuff were extracted in the eastern Eifel to satisfy basic human needs for food (millstones) and housing. In considering the extraction and production of millstones, tuff and trass, the following research questions were investigated: what factors from extraction and production affected the choice of the production site, and what repercussions did this have for trade? What were the patterns of distribution for tuff and millstones in the Middle Ages? What factors imposed boundaries on the areas of distribution?

Meinrad Pohl, who worked on the research project, successfully completed his doctorate with the publication of his thesis Steinreich. Mühlsteine, Tuff und Trass aus der östlichen Vulkaneifel und ihr Markt ('Stone-rich. Millstones, tuff and trass in the volcanic eastern Eifel region and their market') in 2012.


PhD thesis

Meinard Pohl

Project manager

Dr. Christoph Bartels

Responsible body

Deutsches Bergbaum-Museum Bochum

Funding

Land NRW

Collaborators

Prof. Dr. Paul Thomes, RWTH Aachen, Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Duration

2008 - 2010



Publications

  • Pohl, Meinrad (2012), Steinreich. Mühlsteine, Tuff und Trass aus der östlichen Vulkaneifel und ihr Markt. Eine vergleichende Analyse vorindustrieller Produktions- und Handelsstrukturen.