Prahistoryczne Kopalnie Krzemienia w Krzemionkach

Neolithic Firestone Mine at Krzemionkach

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Location: At Krzemionkach, off a minor country road about 12 km north-east of Ostrowiec-Swietokrzyski, province of Kielce. From Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, take road No 754, which is the main road from Radom to Rzeszow towards Lublin. After 8 km there is a sign on the right hand side of the road.
Open: All year daily 9-17.
Classification: MineStone Age Flint mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: Route No 1: L=110 m.
Route No 2: L=110 m.
Bibliography: Pazdurm. F., Awsiuk R., Michczynska D. J., Pazdur A. (1992): Chronologia radioweglowa wyrobisk kopalni krzemienia pasiastego w Krzemionkach, woj. kieleckie, [w:] Jaskanis J., Ed., Studia nad gospodarka surowcami krzemiennymi w pradziejach, PMA, Warszawa, p. 137-150.
Address: Historical & Archaeological Museum in Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, ul, Swietokrzyska 37, Tel: +48-47-620-978.
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The Neolithic Firestone Mines are two five thousand year old Neolithic flint mines which are open to the public. There are a reconstructed Neolithic village, a general display of geological items, and an exhibition abou man in primeval history. Krzemionki is not a town or village, but a nature reserve, the whole site is a National Monument. English speaking guides are available.

Both flint mines are entered through an exhibiton with photographs, models, and specimens above the mine shaft. Then the mines are entered via spiral staircases in modern shafts, mine one on concrete stairs, mine two on metal stairs suspended in shaft. A circular passage with windows into the well lit mine galleries allows the visit without really entering the prehistoric parts.