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6000 years chert mining in Rein near Graz


In Cooperation with the Institute for Oriental and European Archeology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Institute for Prehistoric and Historic Archeology of the University of Vienna.


Curated by: Curated by Daniel Modl and Michael Brandl

Press tour: 16.05.2018, 11 am
Opening: 17.05.2018, 7 pm
Duration: 18.05.-31.10.2018


Info exhibition: +43-316/8017-9515 
Info press: +43-316/8017-9213 and DDI -9211

About the exhibtion

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.



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