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Kerstin Kowarik, (University of Vienna) & Hans Reschreiter, (Vienna Natural History Museum) - The Prehistoric Hallstatt Salt Mines – What do you need to run a mine?
When Nov 16, 2016
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where West Building Seminar Room, Division Room, Downing Street
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Abstract:

The prehistoric salt mines of Hallstatt offer unique insights into ancient production systems. A wealth of information about resource management, working processes, and everyday life has been and can still be gained by studying the mining waste left underground. Decades of study have resulted in the model of a highly structured and technologically greatly capable organization. The size of the mining areas and the amount of mining waste indicate production on a large scale in Bronze Age and Early Iron Age. 

Mining structures of the size and kind of the Hallstatt salt mines do not only represent important centres of production but also centres of consumption. As such they generate high demands of workforce, means of production and subsistence. Production units tied to a certain place, such as mining facilities, are especially dependant on reliable provisioning lines. Recent research has focused on characterizing the demand of the salt mines in terms of tools, food and workforce as well as the connection to its surroundings.

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