69th WDA / 14th EWDA - Joint Virtual Conference - Cuenca, Spain August 31 - September 2

Returns to the Roman period inside the mines of Lapis specularis


The province of Cuenca currently has abundant archaeological remains of mining activity developed during the Roman period for the exploitation of Lapis specularis, a type of selenitic plaster that by the size and transparency of its crystals was used as window glass througout the Roman Empire. The great historian Pliny the Elder talked about the broad extension and richness of these Hispanic mines, comprising 27 mining complexes with hundreds of underground mines over 6000 Km2. Nowadays lapis specularis mines, no more than 30 meters deep, remain virtually intact since Roman times finding numerous indications and records that allow to interpret the way in which working was carried out inside. Join us on a virtual visit to the depths of the earth and admire the secrets of this natural wonder.