"Futured" stakeholders in Dippoldiswalde

Staff from the Archaeological Heritage Office in Saxony guided students of the geographic faculty at the Technical University of Dresden to non-visible medieval mining heritage sites in Dippoldiswalde. Beside the mining heritage underground and the history of the town especially tiny traces of medieval mining and settlement in the surrounding were in the focus of this field trip demonstrating impressive landscape changes in this area during the Middle Ages.

Explaining history and mining heritage of Dippoldiswalde on the market square (picture: Archaeological Heritage Office in Saxony)

Especially a new discovered site called "Faule Pfütze" south of Dippoldiswalde shows several mining relicts like sinkholes or charcoal kilns from the 14th to 17th centuries in the current forest. Stone structures possibly from a late medieval tower house indicate an abandoned but still unknown village nearby. Hardly visible in the field the visualization of these traces and the associated landscape changes for stakeholders like forest authorities will be one objectives in the VirtualArch project. 

Digital terrain model of the mining area

Digital terrain model of the area "Faule Pfütze" with pointed sites of tower house and mining relicts (image: Archaeological Heritage Office in Saxony, based on data provided by the Staatsbetrieb Geobasisinformation und Vermessung Sachsen)