Neolithic flint mines of Spiennes World Heritage Site

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Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons)
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Spiennes1.jpg
Section of mines at Spiennes
LocationSpiennes, Mons, Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium
CriteriaCultural: (i), (iii), (iv)
Reference1006
Inscription2000 (24th session)
Area172 ha (430 acres)
Websitewww.minesdespiennes.org
Coordinates50°25′50.772″N 3°58′43.644″E / 50.43077000°N 3.97879000°E / 50.43077000; 3.97879000Coordinates: 50°25′50.772″N 3°58′43.644″E / 50.43077000°N 3.97879000°E / 50.43077000; 3.97879000
Neolithic flint mines of Spiennes is located in Belgium
Neolithic flint mines of Spiennes
Location of Neolithic flint mines of Spiennes in Belgium

The Neolithic flint mines of Spiennes are among the largest and earliest Neolithic flint mines which survive in north-western Europe, located close to the Walloon village of Spiennes, southeast of Mons, Belgium.[1] The mines were active during the mid and late Neolithic between 4,300 and 2,200 BC. Declared to be "remarkable for the diversity of technological solutions used for extraction" the site and its surroundings were inducted into the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 2000.[2]

  1. ^ "Neolithic Flint Mines of Petit-Spiennes : Official web site". Archived from the original on 31 December 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons) - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 24 January 2017.

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