On 4 May 2018, the opening event of the interdisciplinary project for the research of the mining heritage in the Harz Mountains took place at the NLD’s Montanarchaeology Research Centre. In addition to the NLD, the Institute of Geotechnics and Mine Surveying of the TU Clausthal as well as the World Heritage Museum and the Rammelsberg Mine Visitor Mine are involved. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the World Heritage Foundation of the Harz Mountains and Bergbau Goslar GmbH for a period of 3 years.
The project is dedicated to two interdisciplinary areas: the mine building of today’s World Heritage Site Rammelsberg and the historical mining models, mainly from the collection of the Upper Harz Mining Museum in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. In the coming years, mostly not publicly accessible mine sections will be photographed in high resolution, three-dimensionally modelled and correlated with already existing research results, data and archival records.
As a result, new findings and impulses for research into the history of mining in the Harz Mountains are expected from the work of all disciplines. The 3D structures created can also be made available online to mining researchers all over the world. The digitalisation not only enables replicas, but can also, using virtual reality methods, make animated wheelhouses, for example, accessible to scientists and visitors on site and experience their complexity.