MINEHERITAGE: Tracing and learning from ancient materials and mining technology

João Pedro Veiga

 CENIMAT/I3N—Centro de Investigação em Materiais, UNINOVA—Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias, Departamento de Ciência dos Materiais, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal.

 MineHeritage is a Wider Society Learning European project that intends to use Cultural Heritage, Mining and Raw Materials to create popular educational tools for the dissemination of Raw Materials importance to society through historic periods. By developing a comprehensive roadmap of mining and raw materials since prehistory, linking European regions to commercial routes of raw materials used through various times, we can entice school age children and young adults to explore history together, raw materials, technological development, society, new materials and cultural tourism using a web based multilevel game and an Application for mobile devices.

Dissemination elements to be produced include videos, information on important sites but also on unfamiliar mining explorations, booklets and brochures, news clippings and other captivating elements. The increased dissemination opportunities within partner countries by having information in local languages but also in English promotes cultural diversity in a unified European context of Raw Materials. The large number of partners involved will improve and create new lines of communication between different regions, being a positive incentive to create a common platform of knowledge and understanding for the dissemination and conservation of historical sites related to geological raw materials.

Acknowledgments: This work received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under Horizon2020, the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Project EITRM 18111 and from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) UID/EAT/00729/2013 and EAT/00729-3 by FEDER funds through the COMPETE 2020 Programme and National Funds through FCT—Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology under the project number POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007688, Reference UID/CTM/50025/2013 NOVA.ID.FCT.

Abstract presented at Jornadas do património Geológico e Geoconservação, 2-3 Maio 2019, Minho, Portugal