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Maurus Servius Honoratus, an ancient commentator of Virgil, says in his commentary (A.X 13) that all high mountains are called Alpes by Celts.In World War II, Adolf Hitler kept a base of operation in the Bavarian Alps throughout the war. The traditional culture of farming, cheesemaking, and woodworking still exists in Alpine villages, although the tourist industry began to grow early in the 20th century and expanded greatly after World War II to become the dominant industry by the end of the century.The Winter Olympic Games have been hosted in the Swiss, French, Italian, Austrian and German Alps.Evidence of human habitation in the Alps goes back to the Palaeolithic era.A mummified man, determined to be 5,000 years old, was discovered on a glacier at the Austrian–Italian border in 1991.According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the Latin Alpes might possibly derive from a pre-Indo-European word *alb "hill"; "Albania" is a related derivation.Albania, a name not native to the region known as the country of Albania, has been used as a name for a number of mountainous areas across Europe.
In modern languages the term alp, alm, albe or alpe refers to a grazing pastures in the alpine regions below the glaciers, not the peaks.
In areas like Chiasso, Switzerland, and Allgäu, Bavaria, the demarcation between the mountain range and the flatlands are clear; in other places such as Geneva, the demarcation is less clear.