Hall·statt also Hall·stadt\ˈhȯl-ˌstat; ˈhäl-ˌshtät, -ˌstät\
Origin of HALLSTATT
First Known Use: 1899
geographical name\ˈhȯl-ˌstat, ˈhäl-ˌshtät\
Definition of HALLSTATT
village W cen Austria on shore of Hall·stät·ter Lake\ˈhȯl-ˌste-tər, ˈhäl-ˌshte-\
Bronze bucket found at early Iron Age cemetery at Hallstatt, Austria, about 6th century BC.—Courtesy of the trustees of the British Museum
Site in upper Austria where objects characteristic of the Early Iron Age (from c. 1100 BC) were first identified. More than 2,000 graves were near a salt mine that preserved implements, parts of clothing, and bodies of miners. The remains are divided into four phases (A, B, C, D), differing according to burial practices, presence of low grave mound or tumulus, relative quantity of bronze and iron, and style of pottery, weapons, jewelry, and clothing. Decoration in general is geometric and symmetrical, with a tendency toward the extravagant.