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Spiennes Flint Mines (Ancient Mine / Quarry) — Miscellaneous

NOTE!

Unfortunately, the mines of Spiennes are now closed to the public until 2013.

This closure is due to the work being executed to build a totally new visitor center.
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9th March 2011ce

Spiennes Flint Mines (Ancient Mine / Quarry) — Links

Offical web site - English version


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9th March 2011ce

World Heritage Site Listing


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9th March 2011ce

Cave of Spy (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Links

Offical web site


English translation via Google
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9th March 2011ce

Cave of Spy (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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9th March 2011ce

Cave of Spy (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Miscellaneous

The Grotte de Spy (Cave of Spy) is one of the most important paleolithic sites in Europe, and has undergone many excavations with many recoveries. In 1886 a discovery was made that still represents a capital episode in the history of science. The excavation was conducted by inhabitants of Liège, and consisted of an archaeologist (Marcel de Puydt), a geologist (Max Lohest) and a paleontologist (Julien Fraipont). This team proved to the international community the existence of a more antiquated type of human, the Neanderthal. Julien Fraipont published a major review about Spy in an American review.

The prehistoric cave may be freely visited all around the year. However, between mid September and February there is hunting season, and visitors are advised to be careful.

The cave may be visited on guided tours organized by the Amis de l'Homme de Spy (Friends of the Spy Man), a non profit organization. The guided tours have a fixed price for the guide and are suitable for up to 30 persons. See web site for more details.
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9th March 2011ce

Wéris (Town) — Miscellaneous

The area around the town of Wéris (community Durbuy, Luxembourg province) has yielded the richest set of megalithic monuments in Belgium.

The current research of the Walloon Megalithic Studies Association (awem) has mapped this megalithic area of about 8 km long and 300 m wide.

It consists of two standing stones associated with covered walkways and six sites comprising only menhirs.

See the web site for the Walloon Megalithic Studies Association (awem) for more details or check out the towns megalithic museum web site.
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9th March 2011ce

Spiennes Flint Mines (Ancient Mine / Quarry) — Miscellaneous

The Spiennes neolithic flint mines, in the municipality of Mons, province of Hainaut, are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are described as "the largest and earliest concentration of ancient mines in Europe" and UNESCO cites the level of human technological development they demonstrate as justification for their inclusion.

The mines cover some 100 hectares of downland near Mons and are interesting for showing the transition between opencast and underground mining for the flint nodules. The nodules were extracted using deer antler picks. The stones were then knapped into rough-out shapes of axes, and finally polished to achieve the final state.

The rough-outs were traded over a wide area, and were often polished at their destination. Polishing strengthens the final product, making the axe-head last longer. The axes were used initially for forest clearance during the early Neolithic period, and for shaping wood for structural applications, such as timber for huts and canoes.
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9th March 2011ce

The Devil's Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Links

Walloon Megalithic Studies Association (awem)


Website detailing the excavation, examination and re-installation of the standing stone.

English translation via Google
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7th March 2011ce

The Devil's Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Miscellaneous

A buried stone that was excavated and re-erected during 2007, in Haillot, in the province of Namur.

See the enclosed web site for details.
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7th March 2011ce
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