The Neolithic Mines of Spiennes

Museum ,  Museum / interpretation centre at Spiennes

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  • In accordance with the plan to gradually lift lockdown measures put forward by the National Security Council, the Belfry will reopen its doors to the public from 19th May, with some restrictions. Our teams have therefore taken the actions required to enable our visitors to come back through our doors safely. Reception and cleaning staff are trained and prepared in order to guarantee your health and safety when you visit our museums. These measures have been applied in all of our museums: · Social distancing measures in place: o A face mask must be worn by every visitor o 1.5-m distancing rule must be adhered to · Tickets must be purchased in advance, either online via or by telephone at 065/33.55.80 (from Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:30. Payment is by credit card and e-tickets will be sent by email). · Each museum will limit entry numbers · Specific signage will guide you through the museums, following a one-way system to avoid crossing paths with other visitors. · A queuing system will be in place outside. · The museum shops will be closed. · The air conditioning complies with the safety measures. These additional measures have been taken for your visit to Silex’s: • Entry limited to 15 people per hour • The visit will not last longer than 1 hour • Opening hours: 12pm – 6pm • No trip down into the Neolithic mine possible – Projection room and access to the mine will be closed If you have any questions, please contact us at 065/40.53.80 or by email at Find the latest news on our website, Facebook and Instagram/visitMons We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Silex’s! Nestled in a lush green setting, the “Silex’s” is an interpretation centre dedicated to the Neolithic mines in Spiennes that will be opening its doors in April 2015 to introduce visitors to all aspects of this internationally renowned archaeological site. The centre will help to protect, promote and improve access to this archaeological site. Visitors will be able to follow educational trails around the site and in the pavilion, they will able to walk around looking over the archaeological digs. The highlight is a trip down into a real Neolithic mine 9 metres deep – you will need to book ahead for this experience, and extreme care must be taken. Come and explore this exceptional archaeological site! Recognised by UNESCO in 2000, the Spiennes mining site is one of the oldest and largest flint mining centres in Europe. Studded with thousands of shafts, the site covers 100 hectares and is 6km from Mons. It bears witness to the evolution of the first sedentary societies and is a unique research site. By digging down mine shafts up to 16 metres deep, Neolithic man developed the techniques needed to extract large slabs of slate that could weigh up to hundreds of kilograms. They also honed their knapping expertise, which is now recognised as an example of human ingenuity. Discovered in 1867, when the area was being dug out for a railway line between Mons and Chimay, the site has been excavated ever since. The oldest mines and knapping areas found there are 6,400 years old. As well as the unbelievable number of shards of flint that fill the ground at Spiennes, confirming that once the flint has been brought to the surface, it was cut there too, excavations have uncovered thousands of objects including axes, flint blades and pottery, but also the remains of wildlife and human skeletons. Nearby, an enclosed Neolithic village has also been discovered but remains as yet unexplored. Mons Card Partner: Free access
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    • Car park
    • WC
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    • Cloak room
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  • Adult
    From 4 € to 6 €
  • Child rate
    From 2 €
  • Article 27
    1.25 €
  • Group Discount rate
    From 2 € to 4 €
  • From June 16, 2020
    until November 9, 2020
  • Tuesday
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM