About the Special Event

  • Date

    Sept. 15 2022
    14:00 – 18:00

  • Location

    Nordkette

     

     

  • Costs

    High Income
    Others
    € 20,00
    € 5,00

     

  • Type

    Field Trip

  • Mode

    Guided Tour & Discussions

  • Accessibility

    Registration required
    (as part of IMC registration)

A few years ago, a ship provided information about the significance that mining once had in the Austrian province of Tyrol. In the only a few meter deep sea a little more than 140 kilometres north of Mombasa lay the “Ngomeni shipwreck”. More than 500 years ago, Portugese ships with copper from Fugger smelting works in Tyrol and elsewhere as trade cargo headed for African trading cities. The mines in the Alps supplied what was needed for the spice trade with India in Goa, Cochin, Cannanore, Calicut and Quilon: copper, copper, copper.

In the Schwazer Bergbuch from the middle of the 16th century – an important early modern collection of mining texts and illustrations – there is also an illustration of the mining region above the city of Innsbruck. More than 500 years ago, ore was also mined in many places on the mountainsides of the Nordkette. The main activities in the Innsbruck mining area date back to the 15th and early 16th centuries. The Höttinger Graben, where 70 tunnels were operated in the past, was the centre of activity.

Atlas Tyrolensis 1920
Archiv Ferdidandeum Innsbruck
Innsbruck in the "Schwazer Bergbuch 1557"
Archiv Ferdidandeum Innsbruck
The chapel "Hoettinger Bild" built on a mining dump
Innsbruck Info
Geognostische Karte Tirols 1850
Archiv Ferdidandeum Innsbruck

Details about the Excursion

Updates about the Excursion will be provided regularly.

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