DOC-team Project - Overview

The Mining Sector – from Bronze Age to Modern Times – is an important impact on the development of the environment, culture and economic in the area of Tyrol. Because of this imminent influence the Research Centre HiMAT (History of Mining Activities in the Tyrol and Adjacent Areas) has decided to analyze and examine the Mining Sector in Tyrol and adjacent areas.

Next to the well-known mining area Schwaz/Tyrol the region of Kitzbühel/Tyrol is another important mining area with a prominent role. Unfortunately most of the surveys in this area are outdated and revaluation is absolutely necessary that is a welcomed supplement for the work in progress within the FZ HiMAT.

Therefore an interdisciplinary team of post graduate students supported by the ÖAW (Austrian Academy of Sciences) is cooperating and doing research in the area of Kitzbühel. This team is formed by two archaeologists, a historian, and an archaeobotanist. The first archaeologist is recording and analyzing all praehistoric traces of mining whereas the historic is analyzing all historic resources which mention mining industry in the middle ages and in early modern period. The archaebotanist is trying to answer important questions regarding to land use and subsistence strategies of this mining area on the basis of geochemical and pollen analysis. The second archaeologist is collecting, structuring and analyzing all data obtained by the other team members as well as to relate them with data of older studies and other resources. A special focus is on Geo Information Systems (GIS) for representation and analysis of the spatially view and in particular on the topographic context. Simultaneously the added value of an ontological structure of the data in terms of interpretation and use for archaeological purpose should be examined and evaluated in a scientific way.

The interdisciplinary links between the four theses are based on two levels: first the direct exchange of dates is primarily necessary for the feasibility and second are the superior questions. These questions can only be answered based on an interdisciplinary and collective interpretation of the dates.

This project is part of the research center HiMAT and therefore the students are able to fall back on infrastructural and financial resources of HiMAT. The interdisciplinary background is present too. Above all the technical infrastructure for the multidisciplinary cooperation for the research of mining areas is given because the specifically developed management data system and a GIS infrastructure form a basis for the intended research.


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