Hochtor und Glocknerroute: new book by Ortolf Harl

Ortolf Harl writes to announce his new pubblication: Hochtor und Glocknerroute. Ein hochalpines Passheiligtum und 2000 Jahre Kulturtransfer zwischen Mittelmeer und Mitteleuropa, Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut Sonderschriften 50, 2014.

This new book is about the highest situated pagan sanctuaries of the ancient world, located on the famous Hochtor pass in Austria, 2590 meters above sea level. The sanctuary discovered in 1992 by Harl together with the Glocknerroute, the path leading to it was considered one of the quickest routes to cross the alps.

Harl compares the newly discovered Hochtor Sanctuary with the well researched sanctuary of Großer St. Bernhard (2469 m) to illustrate the elaborate and costly infrastructure, necessary to regularly cross the alps.

The book puts archaeological findings in context with natural and environmental circumstances, with inscriptions, literature from ancient historians and results from numismatics and toponymy as well. It has also largely benefited from the work on the database www.ubi-erat-lupa.org by Friederike and Ortolf Harl.

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