Hallstattan

[hawl-stat-n, hahl-shtaht-n]
adjective Archaeology.
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to a variously dated early period of Iron Age culture in Europe, characterized by the use of bronze, the introduction of iron, and by artistic work in pottery, jewelry, etc.
Also Hall·stat·ti·an [hawl-stat-ee-uh n, hahl-shtaht-] /hɔlˈstæt i ən, hɑlˈʃtɑt-/, Hall·statt [hawl-stat, hahl-shtaht] /ˈhɔl stæt, ˈhɑl ʃtɑt/, Hall·stad·tan, Hall·stadt.

Origin of Hallstattan

1865–70; Hallstatt, village in central Austria where remains were found + -an
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Hallstatt

Hallstattian (hælˈstætɪən)

adjective
  1. of or relating to a late Bronze Age culture extending from central Europe to Britain and lasting from the 9th to the 5th century bc, characterized by distinctive burial customs, bronze and iron tools, etc

Word Origin for Hallstatt

C19: named after Hallstatt, Austrian village where remains were found
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Word Origin and History for hallstatt

Hallstatt

1866, Iron Age civilization of Europe, from the name of a village in Upper Austria, where implements from this period were found. The Germanic name is literally "place of salt," in reference to ancient salt mines there, which preserved the bodies of the original miners.

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