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The South-Limburg’s limestone or marl has been won since time immemorial. Plinius Secundus (23-79 a.d.) writes in his "Naturalis Historiae" that in North-West Europe the Eburones had already found a method to make fruitful country by the local limestone to use as manure. Pliny mentions even about shafts of approximately 100 feet deep. Earlier already wrote Marcus Terentiyus Varro (116-27 B.C.) in his "De Re Rustica" that the rising along the Rhine, Roman armies against lands where the local population came the fields made fruitful with the excavated chalk white.

The Romans introduced the use of local types of stone for the construction of houses, hooves, badge and build fortifications. In South-Limburg marlstone is used, but not in large quantities. Just below the built-up areas of the village, municipality Valkenburg aan de Geul, Sibbe located the vast labyrinth of the Sibbermergelgroeve, popularly...

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