Hipercorig Hallstatt History (H3):  Accessing a deep time window of Lake Hallstatt´s preHistory

 PI-Team: M.Strasser1; K.Kowarik2, H.Reschreiter2, A.Brauer3, F.Anselmetti4, S.Fabbri4

1Department of Geology, Univ. of Innsbruck, Austria; 2Natural History Museum (NHM) Vienna, Austria; 3Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution, GFZ Potsdam, Germany; 4Institute of Geological Sciences & Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, Univ. of Bern, Switzerland


Short abstract: This Hipercorig Hallstatt History (H3) project aims at recovering a long sediment core from Lake Hallstatt, by deploying the new core-drilling instrument Hipercorig that overcomes the current coring-depth limit (dated to ~2.3 cal ka BP). A longer core will unravel the entire (Late Glacial – to – ) Holocene sedimentary succession recording past climate, environment, natural hazard impacts, human-environment interactions and prehistoric mining history in the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut, Austria.


Implementation plan:

Implementation of Hipercorig operation on Lake Hallsatt is  scheduled from April 19. to May 28. 2021.


Some first highlights from the Hipercorig operations:

April 28: First core on deck and recovered

April 29: Reaching beyond current coring-depth limit (>16m subsurface depth and continuing to drill deeper)

Mai 3: Completed 1st borehol at 41m subsurface depth


Links to more information, blogs and picture from the coring campaign

Partner website Natural History Museum Vienna (in german)

Ein tiefer Einblick in die Vergangenheit der Hallstätter see (in german)

Hipercorig Paper: an innovative hydraulic coring system recovering over 60 m long sediment cores from deep perialpine lakes

ÖAW S4LIDE-Hallsatt project

ÖAW Facealps Project


 Österreichischen Bundesforste, die Salinen Austria AG, die Salzwelten GmbH, die Gemeinden Hallstatt und Obertraun sowie an die Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften und die Freunde des NHM Wien.

Project Members and partners

Marcel Ortler, University of Innsbruck 

Ulli Raschke

Uwitec - Umwelt und Wissenschaftstechnik, Mondsee

Frauenhofer IEG, Bochum


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