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Wooden shovel from Wallerfangen

MT Bergauschaufel solo v2

Date

3rd/4th century AD

Dimensions

Width 28 cm

Material

Wood

Place of origin

Vaudrevange

Owner

Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum

Description

This wooden shovel from Wallerfangen is one of the rarer finds from Roman mines.  Though fragmented, it is a true treasure. It is clear that the people who mined azurite here (a blue copper ore) looked after their tools. Indeed, it seems the miners took their tools home with them after their shifts but left the broken ones behind. This shovel was found on the floor of a winze right in front of Lower Emilianus-Stollen, one of several Roman tunnels in the mines of Wallerfangen. It is likely that the miners intended to deepen another shaft but gave up after about 1.6 metres.

Follow these links to go straight to further exhibits in this presentation:
Axe hoard (15), Wallerfangen Blue (17), Iron bars (18)

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