The Moravian secret of metallurgy dates back to the 8th and 9th centuries, when itinerant metalworkers would flock to the sprawling forests north of Brno to smelt metal in primitive clay furnaces called bloomeries. Nowadays, visitors to the geologically diverse area can get a glimpse of this ancient process by visiting the Old Iron Mill near Adamov.
The little-known open-air museum is nestled in Moravský kras nature reserve, known for its subterranean complex of caverns and significant archaeological finds dating to the Iron Age. Located in the Josefov Valley approximately 3 kilometers east of the town of Adamov, the site illuminates the development of one the region’s earliest industries.
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