The Salt Saga - White Gold of the Alps
Year: 2020
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Katharina Heigl
Written by Susanne Utz

ORF, Degnfilm, BR, ARTE funded by Austrian Television Fund
Available worldwide

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED) , French (DUBBED) , German (SUB TITLE)
Format: 16:9

The Salt Saga - White Gold of the Alps

The Salt Saga - White Gold of the Alps

The Austrian Alps contain the world's oldest salt mine. 2,500 years ago, it was home to one of Europe's most significant settlements and has even lent its name to an Iron Age culture: Hallstatt. Salt, the White gold of the Alps, put the tiny community at the heart of an international trade network: finds of ivory and amber are evidence of trade with Africa, Asia and the entire European continent. How did prehistoric miners manage to dig several kilometres of tunnels into the mountains? How did they live? How did they trade, and with whom? For the first time, this primetime documentary investigates the lives and work of the people of Hallstatt and explores especially the central role of women in the prehistoric salt mines.
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