Iwami Silver Museum

 Iwamiginzan silver mine discovered about 480 years ago in 1526. A few years later, after the refining method, ”Haifuki-ho” was introduced into Japan, the silver production increased greatly at Iwamiginzan. This method spread of many other mines in Japan including, Sado (Niigata) and Ikuno (Hyogo).

 Silver production was at its height during the Sengoku and early Edo periods and Iwamiginzan was at the forefront of mining techniques in Japan. Today, the investigation of Iwamiginzan is important in the search for information on the source of mining skills in Japan. In the 16th century, Iwamiginzan was one of the most important mines in the world. It had significant influence over the international circulation of silver and the value of silver.

 In the past few years, iwamiginzan has been recognized for its historical value. It is presently being investigated for the purpose of registering the site for World Heritage. This homepage was created by the iwamiginzan museum in Omori. It was set up to report the stages of the investigation and to promote the value of Iwamiginzan silver mine.

1.History of Iwamiginzan (Iwami Silver Mine)

2.The Role of Japanese Silver in World History

3.Introduction of Material

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