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Harald Witthöft:
About mining units of measure in the Schwaz Mining Codex from 1554/1556
A commentary on images, text and numerical data - custom and functional order

Serial quantitative data on the extraction of ore and the production of iron, steel and hammer mills going back to the early modern age are still desiderata in scholarly research. One reason for this are the difficulties involved in understanding the tradition, the interpretation of systems and the metric definition of the units. Not infrequently, the hesitant or even totally absent reception of factual and methodical knowledge about more recent historical metrological research has an inhibiting effect. Only proper, knowledgeable questioning can open up the complex, substantial information of older sources and create the preconditions for quantitative investigations in economic history.

Even the excellent edition of the Schwaz Mining Codex that appeared in 2006 does not pay sufficient attention to the contemporary understanding of number, measure and weight in text and images. The present commentary on images, text and numerical data in the Schwaz Mining Codex from 1554/1556 relates to this matter.