archaeology on the mountain 2011

The Museum of Natural History and the BOKU dendrochronology-team present their research at the Hallstatt salt mines – and this year it’s all about wood!

Wood was the most important resource of the huge prehistoric mining industry. Without wooden tools, without the light of wooden tapers, without mine timber stabilizing the galleries, the mine could not have existed.
In the Hallstatt salt mine there have been archaeological excavations for more than 50 years. Reams of more than 3,000-year old tools, mining timbers and tapers, which are perfectly conserved because oft the salt, have been uncovered.

archaeology on the mountain
Sat., 20th, and Sun., 21st, August 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.
Salzberg Hallstatt, “Alte Schmiede”

The event to participate, to try out and to research has taken place for eight years and applies to families and interested people of all ages. Archaeologists and wood scientists show how they are investigating the prehistoric mining and gain insight into the miners’ lives more than 3,000 years ago. Look behind the scenes of archaeological and dendrochronological work. Attendance is free of charge!

On both days, scientists from the NHM Vienna, from BOKU and the Vienna University of Technology present their research in interactive stations for the whole family.