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The surface workings and mines/shafts in 'het Savelsbos' ('the Savelsforest') near Rijckholt were mined about 5.000 years ago, in Neolithican-times, worked from about until 3950 to 2650 B.C., and after that first reported by the Belgian archeologist 'Marcel De Puydt' in 1881. Finally the mines were reworked/reopened from 1964-1972. The reopening was the world biggest archeological reworking of Flint-mines.
You can visit the mine, like we did, officially: see limburg.geologischevereniging.nl
A great book (click on the book) on the history and reopening of the shafts/mines etc was published by the Dutch Geological Society ('Nederlandse Geologische Vereniging afd.Limburg') in 1998.
A nice article (click on the article) by the KNGMG-Aukjen Nauta on Rijckholt (with permission of the author)
Click here for more on the KNGMG.
archis.nl, untertage.com, tw.strahlen.org, vuursteenmijnen.nl/rijckholt, flintsource.net,
Mindat.org on Flint.
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