The paleolandscape of Styria and its biodiversity from prehistory to the discovery of the New World

The "PalaeoDiversiStyria" project combined the latest scientific findings from archaeology, archaeobotany and botany with current challenges in agriculture, heritage conservation and tourism. The partnership, initiated and led by the Universalmuseum Joanneum, brought together cross-border institutions with the necessary expertise in these areas.

In addition to the identification of original plant species in archaeological contexts and their revitalization, the project also included the development of new products for tourism that are in line with the trend towards alternative eating habits. The umbrella brand Heriterra was founded for these products.


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The revitalization of old cultivated plants should lead to greater biodiversity and enable local businesses to offer new and attractive products for tourism that draw their character from the local archaeological heritage. As part of the project, cooperation between scientists and local businesses and tourism providers was therefore particularly encouraged. The aim is to strengthen understanding of the similarities in the cultural heritage and agricultural tradition of the Styrian-Slovenian border region.

The scientific results of the project were also incorporated into the publicly accessible InterArch database.


Project team of the Department of Archaeology & Coin Cabinet