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[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.
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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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Historical Examples of hallstatt

  • Isehl is about ten or twelve miles below Hallstatt, in the valley of the Traun.

    Little Rivers

    Henry van Dyke

  • These swords develop into the iron swords of the Hallstatt period, of which so far only one Irish example has been found.

  • The winged variety are probably the latest, as they have been found with iron swords of Hallstatt type on the Continent.

  • The Hallstatt and La Tne cultures are especially well represented.

  • The salt mine of Hallstatt, which is one of the oldest in existence, was rediscovered in the 14th century.

British Dictionary definitions for hallstatt


Hallstattian (hælˈstætɪən)

  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
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Word Origin for Hallstatt

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