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Frank de Wit

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Re: Netherlands, Limburg, Gronsveld, Henkeput
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2013, 02:58:41 PM »
5 meters downhill, the Henkeput almost connects with another (neolitical) flint-mine
This one was absolutely not dug for marl. Not for loose mark to fertilize the land and not for blocks. Way too much flint to even try cutting blocks of marl. There is a big dump with only flint-shards in front of the cavity. Imagine neolitical males and females sitting here in the cavity, cutting flint for tools, and a few thousand years later I hide there for the rain and eat my bread... and I picked up some shards of flint for Amir & Alfredo...

There were thousands of vertical shafts here and a handful of quarries and mines like this. Eight hectares of underground structures in total, from which ca. 8.000 m3 flint was taken... This was a neolitical industrial complex ;)

Also see http://www.vuursteenmijnen.nl/rijckholt/de-henkeput.html
and http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henkeput

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Re: Netherlands, Limburg, Gronsveld, Henkeput
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 02:54:15 PM »
Some overview spots.
Don't dive in without a rope...

For a pdf of the walk to get there, see http://www.strahlen.org/forum/index.php/topic,11692.msg71093.html#msg71093

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Netherlands, Limburg, Gronsveld, Henkeput
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2013, 02:53:32 PM »
The information board speaks for itself, in Dutch...
anyway, this is a famous spot in the Dutch history.
The cavity was hand-dug, 12 meters deep, and a few steps away from the main neolitical mining zone http://www.strahlen.org/forum/index.php/topic,238.0.html

But it's unsure if this mine is related in age. It might be of neolitical age, it might be younger. Roman pottery was found in the mine also.