Razor sharp

6000 years chert mining in Rein near Graz

18.05.-31.10.2018


Opening: 17.05.2018, 7 pm

In cooperation with the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Institute for Prehistory and Historical Archaeology at the University of Vienna.

Curated by: Daniel Modl und Michael Brandl

About the exhibition

Silex, known popularly as ‘flint’ or ‘hornstone’, is among the oldest known raw materials of mankind. It was used for making tools, as well as for making fire.

The exhibition presents the Neolithic-Age hornstone mine at Rein, the earliest mine in Styria, on the basis of archaeological and geoscientific research undertaken jointly by the Universalmuseum Joanneum, the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Department of Oriental and European Archaeology) and the Institute for Prehistory and Historical Archaeology at the University of Vienna.

The exhibition shows how hornstone was mined more than 6,000 years ago in the Rein basin, and the role played by this new resource in the development of Stone Age cultural spaces and barter and trade systems in Styria and beyond.

 

Gallery

Archaeology Museum, Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9515
archaeologie@museum-joanneum.at

 

Opening Hours
24. March to 31. October Wed-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm
01. November to 31. December Wed-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

admission with guided tours and by appointment only.


 

24th/25th December