SISA 2019

After the first The Swiss Alpine Archaeology Summer School 2018 took place at the Oberhalbstein valley, the Universities of Bern and Zurich are organising the second Summer School 2019 together with the Archaeological Department of the Canton of Valais.

The SISA in 2019 will be about Alpine landscapes, geology, mineralogy and ores, copper production, prospection & excavation methods as well as social and economic systems in an Alpine area. It comprises invited keynotes for specific topics and teachings on methods, applications, and models. Lectures and practical fieldwork take place in one of the archaeologically most promising high alpine region of Switzerland, the Binntal Valley.



SAT 6 July

Arrival of participants and lectures

Accomondation in Binn/Ernen

SUN 7 July

09:00 Workshop, part 1

09:00-09:15  R. Turck, M. Brunner, C. Heitz, Ph. Della Casa. Introduction

09:15-10:00 Natalia Égüez, CAUK (Micromorphology, Geochem. analysis).The Geo-Ethnoarchaeology of pastoral herding in alpine deserthabitats

10:30-11:15 Christoph Schwörer, UBE (Palaeoecology) Impact of prehistoric farming on the vegetation in the Swiss Alp

10:00-10:30  Coffee Break

11:15-12:00 Annekäthi Heitz, IPNA (Archaeobotany) Vegetation & Alpine farming in theBinntalfromtoday’sperspective

12:00-13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 Workshop, part 2

13:30-14:15 Rouven Turck, UZH (Archaeology). Copper mining and smelting in the Oberhalbstein Valley (GR

14:15-15:00 Manuel Andereggen, Caroline Heitz UBE (AG Prospektion). The Binntal in (pre)historical times – What we know so far

Guided tour of the archaeological and ethnographic collections at the Regionalmuseum Binn (and to sites located near Binn) by Caroline Heitz

19:30  Dinner at ‘Restaurant Albrun’, Binn

MON 8 July

09:00 Workshop, part 3

09:00-09:45 Pierre-Yves Nicod, UGE L’abri-sous-roche de la Grande Rivoire (Isère, France): nouvelles données sur la néolithisation et le développement de l’économie pastorale dans les Alpes françaises du nord

09:45-10:30 Brigitte Andres, ADB (Heritage) Alpine huts, livestock and cheese. Remains of summer farming activities from medieval and modern times in the Bernese Alps (Switzerland

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:45  Philippe Della Casa, UZH (Archaeology) Landscape archaeological survey in mountain environments

11:45-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 Workshop, part 4

14:00-14:45 Mirco Brunner, UBE, Ing. Anja Buhlke, KGT (Archaeology). “Goldene Sonne” reloaded. Historical  sources and miningarchaeological investigation

14:45-15:30 Donat Fulda, ETHZ (Geology).Geology of the Binn Valley

15:30-16:15  Rouven Turck, UZH (Archaeology). Public relations Mediating alpine archaeolog

19:30  Dinner at ‘Restaurant Albrun’, Binn

TUE 9 July

09:00 field trip / excursion

9:00-17:00Mining and smelting sites in the Binntal and Längtal by P. Aeberhard

Meeting point: Parking Binn

Excursions will be organized by R. Turck & P. Aeberhard.

19:30 Dinner at ‘Restaurant Bärgkristall’, Fäl

WED 10 July

09:00 field trip / excursion

8:00-16:00 Alpine deserted habitations in the ‘Wissy’ and ‘Gand’ area, Binntal

 Meeting point: Parking Binn

Excursion will be organized by C. Heitz & B. Andres

Departure of participants

Organizing Committee

University of Zurich
Department of Archaeology

Dr. Rouven Turck

Prof. Dr. Philippe Della Casa

University of Berne
Institute of Archaeological Sciences

Mirco Brunner

Dr. des. Caroline Heitz

Prof. Dr. Albert Hafner


Archéologie cantonale Valais

Musée d’histoire – Valère, Sion