Already 10,000 to 8,000 years ago, the hunter-gatherers of the Middle Stone Age valued rock crystal. They made tools from it and mined the valuable raw material in a crevice near the Fuorcla da Strem Sut (Lower Strem Gap) on the border between Graubünden and Uri. A spotter from Uri discovered the fissure at 2817 metres above sea level in 2013 when the retreating Brunnifirn exposed it. The "Bergeis" project at the Institute "Cultures of the Alps" is now investigating this mining site and alpine campsites of the Mesolithic period. Together, these finds open up a fascinating window into the world of the Stone Age radiants of the Swiss Alps. Project leader Marcel Cornelissen will present current results in a lecture.
Monday, September 19, 2022
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