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|Address:||Musée des Mines d'Argent des Rois Francs, Rue pré du Gué, BP 29, 79500 Melle, Tel: +33-549-291954, Fax : +33-549-291664. E-mail:|
|Last update:||$Date: 2011/12/13 08:52:16 $|
|602||start of mining.|
|768||opening of the mint.|
|995||end of mining.|
The local ores contain silver galena, a combination of silver and lead.
Musée des Mines d'Argent des Rois Francs is dedicated to the silver mining history in the area around Melle. As the name says, the silver was mined primarly by the French kings to produce money. There was a mint on location which continued for some time after the mine was closed. This is a very early mining area, which had its heydays during the early Middle Ages, during Carolingian times. As a result the mines are not that impressive, the site concentrates on early mining technologies, minting, and experimental archaeology. There are numerous interesting events during summer where silver ore is melted and minted with the original Carolingian techniques.
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