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There is evidence of mining in Lauta dating back to the 16th century. Impressive lines of silver ore mining heaps follow the course of lodes and shape the landscape. Strung like pearls across the landscape, the heaps belong to the Bauer Morgengang and Elisabeth Flachen lodes and are some of the most historically important in the area. Each heap marks the original location of one or more surface shafts. The intervals between the heaps reflect the size of the former mine workings. Beginning in the 18th century, the ‘water hole shaft’ was developed on the Elisabeth Flachen lode. Today it is known as the Rudolph Shaft, and is considered the most important main shaft in the area.