UCL logo

UCL Discovery

UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

A report on the examination of animal skin artefacts from the Bronze Age salt mines of Hallstatt, Austria

Harris, SM; (2006) A report on the examination of animal skin artefacts from the Bronze Age salt mines of Hallstatt, Austria. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology , 17 69 - 76. 10.5334/pia.270. Green open access

[img]
Preview
PDF
309-501-1-PB.pdf

Download (906kB)

Abstract

My PhD research focuses on the social context of cloth from the Neolithic to Bronze Age with case studies from the Alpine area. One aspect of this is the interrelationship of the technologies used to create flexible, thin sheets of material that can be wrapped, folded, shaped and tied. This includes fibre-based cloth such as textiles, netting and twining as well as animal skins (leather and fur). This short report summarises preliminary research findings stemming from the examination of animal skins from the Bronze Age Hallstatt salt mines. These mines offer an ideal preservation environment for cloth as the salt inhibits the action of microorganisms that would otherwise lead to the decay of organic materials, such as plant and animal fibres, and animal skins. Of these the least commonly preserved in contexts outside the salt mines are animal skins, making finds of this type significant for my research.

Type: Article
Title: A report on the examination of animal skin artefacts from the Bronze Age salt mines of Hallstatt, Austria
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/pia.270
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/pia.270
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright is retained by the author(s).
Keywords: Archaeology, Bronze Age, Leather
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1430728
Downloads since deposit
101Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item