From the social point of view, mining sites are places to which local people have a specific relationship. We can ask about local narratives (what stories people tell), social behavior (what they do in the quarry), the use of space (which groups of people use the quarry, and how) or the absence of those. We ask, for example: do locals have access to the site? How do they spend their time there? Were there any major events in the past? What about plant and animal species? Is anybody interested in them? And what about the locals who are employed there?
The restoration measures taken should be based not only on nature conservation considerations but also on the position of the mining site in local social networks. A revitalization that honors local history, needs and relationships can be outlined only after we find out about the relationship that local people have to the site.
We as social scientists (anthropologists) examine how the inhabitants of the nearby municipalities relate to the gravel pit. Which topics do they address? What do they like there? What are they worried about? What stories / memories do they tell about the place? All these questions can be answered by ethnographic research methods: of semi-structured interviews with selected actors and on-site observations.