Angelika Hunold/Alwin Punstein/Wolfgang Wagner/Franz Wierschem:
Reconstruction of Roman Moselle Slate Roofs at Katzenberg Near Mayen/Eifel
Contribution to the History of Slate Mining and Crafts
Fortunately, roofs and slate as a mining product are again a key subject of interest in the preservation of historic monuments. In this domain, roofs are no longer reconstructed exclusively to guard against inclement weather, using industrial products if necessary. One is increasingly aware of their aesthetic function, especially of sloping roofs, and the value of employing an original natural product. The use of slate as a natural product has a very long tradition in the Rhineland region. Slate mining and crafts can look back on a 2000-year history, as impressively borne out by recent discoveries and research.