Rudolf Gamsjäger, Anton Kern, Kerstin Kowarik, Stefan Maix, Hans Reschreiter, Andreas Schwab
Photos: Lois Lammerhuber
24 x 32 cm, 456 pages, 275 photos
Hardbound in a slipcase
ISBN: 978-3-901753-21-3, August 2010


Salt has been mined in Hallstatt for more than 7,000 years. The oldest company in the world is 7000 years old and based in Hallstatt: one site, one product. For 7,000 years, people have lived and worked and made cultural history in Hallstatt – to such an extent that Hallstatt named an entire Iron Age period, the Hallstatt culture. 150 years ago, mine manager Johann Georg Ramsauer decisively contributed in Hallstatt to the foundation of modern archaeology. 7,000 years later, the graves in the high valley and the sites in the prehistoric adits started to disclose their secrets. Today, the team of archaeologists led by Dr. Anton Kern discover again and again breathtaking finds. In other words, Hallstatt is 7,000 years of world sensations: the world’s oldest rope, oldest staircase, oldest gloves, and its oldest backpack.


Andreas Schwab

is a freelance author and editor. Since 1990, he has been press spokesman of the city of Vienna; since 2009, he has been in charge of internal communication at the Magistratsdirektion Wien for the „Hauptbahnhof Wien“ project.

Anton Kern

is director of the Department of Prehistory of the Vienna Natural History Museum. In this capacity, he is administrator of archaeological treasures unequalled worldwide, among them the outstanding Venus of Willendorf. Since 1993, he has been running the excavations at the prehistoric burial site of Hallstatt.

Hans Reschreiter

was born in 1968. He studied prehistory and early history. Since 1992, he has been working at the Department of Prehistory of the Vienna Natural History Museum, where he is in charge of the collection and involved with excavations at the Hallstatt salt mine. Since 2001, the excavations have been run under his direction.

Kerstin Kowarik

was born in 1977. She studied prehistoric archaeology in Frankfurt/Main, Berlin, Freiburg/Breisgau and Vienna. Since 1997, she has been substantially involved in excavations in Egypt, Burkina Faso, Germany, France, and Austria.

Lois Lammerhuber

is a photographer and publisher. His close collaboration with GEO Magazine started in 1984, continues to this day, and has greatly influenced his approach to photography. His pictures have been published in hundreds of books and magazines and earned him international awards, including three times the Graphis Photo Awards for the world’s best photo report of the year. He joined the Art Directors Club New York in 1994. In 1996 he set up Edition Lammerhuber publishing house. In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honour, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the City of Vienna, the Prize for Special Merit for Representative and Media Art by the City of Baden and the Grand Medal of Honour for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018 he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.

Rudolf Gamsjäger

was born in Hallstatt in1946. A former teacher and headmaster of the Hallstatt primary school, he is now honorary president of the Musealverein Hallstatt and a member of the board of the OÖ Museen.

Stefan Maix

was born in Linz in 1961. He studied economics in Vienna and has been chairman of the board of the Österreichischen Salinen AG. Before, he had worked for the Neusiedler AG in Vienna and in Russia.