ArchOn Hallstatt - Archaeology Online Hallstatt

edited by  Karina Grömer, Anton Kern,

Kerstin Kowarik & Hans Reschreiter

ISSN: 2707-3300

Immerse yourself in the 7000-year long history of the World Cultural Heritage Site of Hallstatt.

The world’s oldest continuously used industrial and cultural landscape developed around the Hallstatt salt mines. For 7000 years, since the Stone Age, salt determined life in this region and salt is still being mined today.

For 60 years, the Natural History Museum Vienna and its research partners have been studying the prehistoric mines, the Iron Age cemetery as well as the human-environment relations in this landscape. The synopsis of the research results makes it possible to trace the development, continuity, and change of this unique cultural landscape. Studying the impact of climate change, natural extreme events as well as fundamental socioeconomic upheavals through a longterm perspective will allow to draw conclusions from the past for informed decisions in the face of future challenges.

A broad spectrum of disciplines and experts are involved in the Hallstatt project. Within this inter- and transdisciplinary framework the project is constantly adapted to adress new methods, questions and challenges.
The Hallstatt research also builds on a broad interdisciplinary data base,  incorporating archaeological and historical sources, anthropological and biological data, sedimentary archives and many other data sources in order to trace the 7000 year old salt history as completely as possible.

ArchOn Hallstatt was created to do justice to the diversity of Hallstatt research and to make the results of these research efforts available to the international research community and the public. This online series brings together this wide variety of research efforts. Detailed material templates is included in the series, as well as interdisciplinary evaluations of the findings, reports on experiments and tests, student theses, excavation, and restoration protocols, expert reports, and information on public events. In accordance with modern scientific standards, from Volume 3 onwards, a peer review process is used for the evaluation work (assessment by at least 2 specialist colleagues). In addition, German-language works are supplemented with a bilingual (German / English) introduction to the topic and an English summary.
It is also planned in the future to publish reports on experiments and trials, student theses, uncovering and restoration protocols, as well as expert reports. 
Anton Kern heads the prehistoric department and has been conducting excavations in the Hallstatt cemetery with his team since 1993.

Karina Grömer is an expert in Textile Archaeology and, together with colleagues, has undertaken the full analysis and publication of the Hallstatt textiles.

Kerstin Kowarik is, together with her research partners, the expert in Environmental Archaeology investigates the development of human-environment relations.

Hans Reschreiter is head of the interdisciplinary research activities inside the prehistoric salt mines.