[Press and Public Relations] Back to the Salt Mines: University of Leicester Archaeologist is One of an International Team of Experts

August 2001

No. 108

A University of Leicester archaeologist, one of an international team of experts, returned for the summer to the Dürrnberg salt mines just south of Salzburg to uncover more evidence of the life and death of a small Alpine community some two-and-a-half millennia ago.

With grants from the British Academy, the Society of Antiquaries of London and Flinders University, S. Australia, Dr Graham Morgan, University of Leicester School of Archaeological Studies, Professor Vincent Megaw, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University and Dr Thomas Stöllner, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum, will continue work at the Iron Age salt-mining complex on the German-Austrian border.

In July and August, the team of staff and students from England, Australia, Austria and Germany, continued the pattern of international co-operation initiated there in 1978 by Professor Vincent Megaw, at that time Professor of Archaeology at the University of Leicester, now at Flinders University.

Below ground, the team completed the exposure of a long section of the fourth-century BC mine shaft cut to exploit the salt deposits. Above ground a new area exposed another unique aspect of this unique site - part of a wooden trackway consisting of branches and carefully split planks of a form also known in the British Isles and Ireland.

Other finds associated with the site include a turned wooden bowl and a number of Iron Age sherds. The conservation of selected parts of the wooden finds will be entrusted to Dr Morgan, an acknowledged expert in the field.

Note to editors: Further details can be obtained from Dr Graham Morgan, University of Leicester School of Archaeological Studies 0116 252 2601/2613 or 2611; e-mail gcm@leicester.ac.uk

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