UNESCO World Heritage

Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps

Unique witnesses of prehistory

The “pile dwellings” are remains of prehistoric settlements in lakes and marshes around the Alps. The serial property includes 111 sites in six countries (CH, D, F, I, SLO, A) and 56 of them are located in Switzerland. The artefacts – organic materials such as wood, textiles, plant remains and bones provide fascinating insights into life around 5,000 to 500 B.C. Many finds are difficult or impossible to access as they are underwater, on the shores of lakes or in marsh areas. This makes their exhibition in museums even more important, such as at the Laténium near Neuchâtel, where you can gain a detailed impression of the lives our ancestors led. Cultural Heritage since 2011.

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Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps
LAKE DWELLINGS FROM THE BRONZE TO THE NEOLITHIC AGE A remarkable concentration of pile-dwelling sites has been identified on the shores of Lakes Bienne, Morat ...
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Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps
History The late Bronze Age was a flourishing period or piledwelling settlements. The settlements grew in size and the villages remained in the same location ...
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Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps
A short film by the Swiss Commission for UNESCO
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Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps
The pile dwelling settlement in Kehrsiten was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 27 June 2011, together with other pile dwelling settlements in the Alpine ...
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Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps
The museum's collections primarily reflect the intense activity of archaeologists in the canton of Vaud since the 19th century. One of the highlights is the ...
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Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps
Over the past decades, pile-dwelling research has made a significant contribution to the establishment of a true-to-life picture of the past. Our knowledge of early ...
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