The introduction of the Pfostenschlitz concept in the fortification architecture of the north-west Alpine Hallstatt circle

Ballmer, Ariane Thu (2018). The introduction of the Pfostenschlitz concept in the fortification architecture of the north-west Alpine Hallstatt circle. In: Ballmer, A.; Fernández-Götz, M.; Mielke, P.D. (eds.) Understanding Ancient Fortifications. Between Regionality and Connectivity (pp. 135-146). Oxford & Philadelphia: Oxbow Books

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The Late Hallstatt period at the turn of the 5th century BC witnessed the introductory phase of a new architectural concept in fortification construction: the so-called Pfostenschlitz wall, i.e. a wall face featuring dry stone masonry interrupted by vertical earthfast posts which are cross-anchored in the earth rampart. In the present paper, several fortifications from south-western Germany are examined, in order to capture the early stages of the novel architecture. The rare but interesting archaeological record of this architectural programme features accompanying phenomena such as inadequate implementation and interim solutions. Meanwhile, it remains difficult to localise the origin of the Pfostenschlitz concept. In its definitive form, it is not known south of the Alps. The basic construction principle, especially the log work, finds roots in the indigenous architecture, while the stone sections in the façade could perhaps refer to Mediterranean aesthetics.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History

UniBE Contributor:

Ballmer, Ariane Thu

Subjects:

900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)

ISBN:

978-1-78570-748-3

Publisher:

Oxbow Books

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ariane Thu Ballmer

Date Deposited:

17 Jun 2019 16:38

Last Modified:

07 Apr 2020 12:00

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127919

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