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Keywords:

  • ARCHAEOBOTANY;
  • IRON AGE;
  • SALT-MINE;
  • PALAEOFAECES;
  • WOOD ANALYSIS;
  • ORGANIC RESOURCES

Remarkable preservation circumstances for organic material at the Iron Age salt-mine on the Dürrnberg Mountain offered the opportunity to analyse a large amount of wood and human faeces. One aim of the studies was to discover the origin of the important resources food and wood. Concerning the question of ‘the linking role of the Alps in past cultures’, the archaeobotanical record proves intracultural but no intercultural connections at this place in Celtic times. The preliminary results show that the Dürrnberg population used differentiated strategies to manage a continuous food and wood supply. While the wood supply was based on the management of local sources, the food supply had to be linked into a regional and long-distance trade system.