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Sabine Ladstätter, Die Türbe im Artemision. Ein frühosmanischer Grabbau in Ayasoluk/Selçuk und sein kulturhistorisches Umfeld, SoSchrÖAI 53 (Wien 2015).

Projects: Geographical Overview

Living Environments during the Transition from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Aerial photograph of the Hemmaberg (photo Landesmuseum Kärnten)
Aerial photograph of the Hemmaberg (photo Landesmuseum Kärnten)


In the past several decades excavations of the Landesmuseum Kärnten revealed an early Christian pilgrimage sanctuary on the Hemmaberg and a burial ground in the valley by the road station Iuenna (Globasnitz) from the period of the Ostrogoth rule (A.D. 536–593).

One of the two churches of the double-church complex on the Hemmaberg was for the Catholic-Roman Christian community, the other for the Arian-Ostrogoth, as was also the case in Ravenna, the capitol of the Western Roman Empire at the time. Individuals with artificial cranial deformation were also buried in the burial ground – a tradition that the Ostrogoths adopted from the Huns in southern Russia.

Michaela Binder, bioarchaeologist at the OeAI, will analyze the human skeletons within the framework of a Hertha-Firnberg-grant.


The excavations on the Hemmaberg do not only include early Christian buildings. According to the latest research of the Landesmuseum Kärnten, the plateau was continually used from the 2nd millennium B.C. to the 7th century A.D. As part of a related FWF-project (»Cult continuity on the peak of the Hemmaberg«) and as national research partner, the OeAI is responsible for the study of the animal bones by Alfred Galik.


Austrian Science Fund (FWF)-Projects

▪ Michaela Binder, Living environments during the Transition from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages (Hertha-Firnberg-Grant T-843)

▪ Josef Eitler, Cult continuity on the summit of the Hemmaberg (FWF-stand-alone project P29452-G25)