Saturday, 13 December 2014

Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps, Austria

It feels really weird to be updating at 2am but I've got a day (or night, rather :P) off but can't really go to bed just yet as I'll be doing a 12-hour shift today (Sunday pay, night pay particularly, is quite a bit higher than the pay during the week so it would be silly to turn the extra hours down) so I thought I'd post something here again. I'm starting with this great Unesco card from Austria that I received through a facebook swap with Nina last year.

This card shows a computer animation of how the Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps would have looked like. This serial property of 111 small individual sites encompasses the remains of prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements in and around the Alps built from around 5000 to 500 B.C. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands. Excavations, only conducted in some of the sites, have yielded evidence that provides insight into life in prehistoric times during the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Alpine Europe and the way communities interacted with their environment. Fifty-six of the sites are located in Switzerland. The settlements are a unique group of exceptionally well-preserved and culturally rich archaeological sites, which constitute one of the most important sources for the study of early agrarian societies in the region.

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