AK-2 rock

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Proper name: Totholzfelsen
Classification: rock
Material: stone
Condition: damaged

Site: Achenkirch (Tirol, Austria)
Coordinates (approx.): 47° 31' 37.20" N, 11° 42' 25.20" E [from site]
Find date: summer 2010
Find circumstances: by chance
Current location: in situ




Found and published by Mandl 2011: 126–130. Examined by TIR in July 2014.

Image in Mandl 2011: Abb. 143 (photo of the rock with marking of inscribed areas [Bildstellen]), 144 (Bildstelle 1), 145 (Bildstelle 2).

Referred to as "Station 2" by Mandl. The rock is a large limestone lintel block with inscriptions on multiple walls, including Raetic and younger ones on the low, overhanging north face. The south face provides some protection from wind and rain. The entire slope is marshy and wet; Mandl (p. 129) mentions a spring. All identifiable Raetic inscriptions are located in Mandl's Bildstelle 1 on the left side of the rock wall, but it cannot be excluded that more inscriptions were written on it, e.g., between the three inscriptions recorded in TIR, or on the darker part of the wall to the right of the centre. No inscriptions can be found on Bildstelle 2 on the very right of the rock face. The characters tentatively identified as letters by Mandl (caption of Abb. 145) are presumably the lozenge with a dot in the centre, reminiscent of phi (or, hypothetically, theta), followed by S2 d as it appears in both of the legible Raetic inscriptions on the rock (see photo above). However, the two characters are written horizontally and are in suspiciously good condition; the dotted lozenge appears on its own elsewhere on the rock wall.

The rock is situated in the Bayerische Alpen / Achensee region, a few kilometres west of the Steinberg petrograph site. The first inscribed Achenkirch rock wall AK-1 rock is about 200 m distant. Coordinates are not provided by request of the Department for Prehistory in Innsbruck to prevent damage to the inscriptions.


Mandl 2011 Franz Mandl, Felsbilder. Österreich – Bayern: Nördliche Kalkalpen [= Anisa – Verein für alpine Forschung 4], Haus im Ennstal: 2011.