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FINDINGS ON THE FOSSALUNGA PASS GLACIER

The use of shingles has a long tradition in South Tyrol.


On Langgrubenjoch, which is located at about 3000 meters above sea level, shingles from the bronze era were found. This was the discovery of the oldest shingles of South Tyrol. Thanks to a discovery of a piece of a sled from the 4th century before Christ, the location was identified. Eight different pieces of shingles were analysed, and the material was always larch. Based on its form and materials, it seems like the shingles originate from an old hut from the bronze era.


The recovered roof shingles and various wooden parts of the Fossalunga Pass can undoubtedly be associated with a cabin-like structure found on the pass.


In South Tyrol around 1987, it was estimated that there were about 10,000 shingle roofs. In the past, the roofs of Sterzing or Klausen were completely covered with shingles. For centuries, the shingle structure shaped the appearance of South Tyrol's towns, villages, and cities.

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The information about the glacier finds at Langgrubenjoch and the corresponding photographic material were kindly made available to us by the 13th Archaeological Office of Bozen.

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