Archaeozoological remains regarding cult continuity on the peak of the Hemmaberg

On the Hemmaberg (Carinthia) changes in the composition of the types of sacrificial animals or in the form of their deposition provide evidence on whether the cult was continuously maintained in the peak sanctuary from prehistoric to historic times or whether it was subject to changes.

In cooperation with J. Eitler the FWF-Project »Cult continuity on the peak of the Hemmaberg« and the study of the associated archaeozoological finds were begun. The animal remains were recovered following a continuous stratigraphy that reaches from the Bronze Age to the 17th century CE. The archaezoological investigations of the material have only just begun but it can be expected that the typical domesticated animals, cow, sheep/goat, and pig, will be prominently represented in the find material.

Changes in the spectrum of types of animals and depositional practices could permit important and complementary insights into a continuity or a possible change in the cult practices and offerings from prehistoric to the Roman and Frankish periods on the peak sanctuary.