TIL the Roman Empire mined so much silver that at peak production they were mining 200 tonnes per year. This was 5 to 10 times larger than the combined amount of silver available to Medieval Europe & Abbasid Caliphate around 800 AD.

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  1. I can’t remember where I read it or if it’s even true, but I remember reading that during the beginning of the iron age some materials were so abundant and easy to get to you barely even needed mines.

  2. It was written somewhere that the fumes from the smelting were so toxic that birds would fly through and just die in the air. The mines provided something like 40,000 slaves with “a living death”.

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