Welcome to the "Knappenwelt"
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On the 25th May 2013 the museum "Healer from Gurgltal" solemnly opened its doors. Experience the fascinating world of the woman who accused to have healing power and all previous historic archaeological discoveries and historiographical insights on this exciting topic for the whole family.

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“Knappen” is the German word for a miner who has completed his apprenticeship. The main themes of the mining village “Knappenwelt” are the historic smelting methods used to separate the minerals from the ore waste. For the demonstration we use authentic replicas of the equipment the mineworkers depended upon 500 years ago. Mineral deposits found in the Gurgltal region include: galena (lead sulfide, PbS), Graubleierz (the local name for ore containing various types of galena and lead carbonate/cerussite formed through oxidation), and calamine minerals (oxidized zinc minerals, of which the most important is smithsonite, ZnCO3).

So let yourself be captivated by the fascinating historic mining methods, and take an educational trip to the past by visiting us at the “Knappenwelt”.


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