Gem Pit Mining.
Small baskets full of gem bearing "illam" being tossed up by a human
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the depths of the mine. This valuable "illam" will later be
washed and have the gems extracted.
The shaft itself is shored up with old, non producing, rubber tree logs.
The "sticks" you see
protruding from the top are split rails of areca nut wood used to hold matting
in place to prevent
the erosion of the walls of the gem pit. An archaic way of mining using
no powered assistance but
one the is ingeniously devised taking full advantage of materials at
hand. Truly admirable.