Archaeology between glaciers and summits. New data from the Bernese Alps (Cantons Bern and Wallis, Switzerland)

Hafner, Albert (2013). Archaeology between glaciers and summits. New data from the Bernese Alps (Cantons Bern and Wallis, Switzerland). In: Borello, Maria A. (ed.) Les hommes préhistoriques et les Alpes. International Series: Vol. 2476 (pp. 51-58). Oxford: Archaeopress

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Archaeology between glaciers and summits. New data from the Bernese Alps (Cantons Bern and Wallis, Switzerland). Many prehistoric, roman and medieval objects were discovered between 2003 and 2010 on the Schnidejoch, a pass of the Western Bernese Alps, at 2756 m of altitude, at the frontier between the cantons of Berne and Wallis. The high temperatures of summer 2003 caused the cast of a small field of ice and setting in light the archaeological remains. Research was programmed following data provided by hikers. The objects made of organic matter (wood, bark of birch, leather, vegetable fibres) allowed obtaining about fifty radiocarbon dates; they indicate the use of the pass between the half of the 5th millennium BC and 1000 AD. Moreover, the series of dating suggest the alternation of periods of feasibility and inaccessibility of the pass. Schnidejoch is currently the oldest testimony of the crossing of the Alps, connecting the Bernese Oberland through the Simme and the Rhone valleys.

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:

Hafner, Albert

Subjects:

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

ISBN:

978-1 -073-1088-6

Series:

International Series

Publisher:

Archaeopress

Language:

French

Submitter:

Albert Hafner-Lafitte

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2014 08:40

Last Modified:

11 Apr 2014 08:40

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Schnidejoch, ice patches, organic material, calibrated dating, climatic changes

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/46349

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