The mining desert of Altenberg describes a submerged city and archaeological excavation site on the mountain of the same name between the Kreuztal district of Littfeld and the Hilchenbach district of Müsen.Today's ground monument “Altenberg” consists of remains of medieval and early modern mining that can still be seen in the area. Can be seen u. a. Excavated and not excavated basement floor plans, the floor plan of a tower, several shafts, some of which were excavated, which were used for ore mining. In addition, pinge trains and mountain heaps are still present. In the southern part of the protected area there are air holes from tunnel systems running below.The new observation tower on the Altenberg was officially inaugurated on June 12, 2016.
With a height of 8.5 meters, the construction is about 90 cm higher, in contrast to its wooden predecessor, now entirely made of metal.
The construction costs of around 30,000 euros were largely borne by a grant from the NRW Foundation.
December 19, 2020
Mine area and spoil heap of the former Altenberg mine. At the beginning of the heap is the stone with the cover plate of the shaft of the Altenberg pit. Further up is the excavation site of a medieval mining settlement on Altenberg. This was discovered in the early 1970s and researched by archaeologists and employees of the Bochum Mining Museum
April 10, 2022
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