NEENAWA: Network in Eastern European Neolithic and Wetland Archaeology: first steps.

Hafner, Albert; Nielsen, Ebbe Holm; Mazurkevich, Andrey; Dolbunova, Ekaterina; Naumov, Goce; Morozova, Yana; Shidlovsky, Pavel (2015). NEENAWA: Network in Eastern European Neolithic and Wetland Archaeology: first steps. The European Archaeologist, 46(Autumn 2015), pp. 68-70. European Association of Archaeologists

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Neolithic and Bronze Age wetland sites around the Alps (so called pile-dwellings, Pfahlbauten or palafittes in German/French) are of outstanding universal value (UNESCO-world heritage since 2011). Typical sites are in lakes, rivers and bogs, dating between 5300 and 800 BC. Of common character is the perfect conservation of wood, textiles from plant fabrics and many other organic materials. Larger quantities of sub-fossilized wood, as in the peri-alpine sites, offer the possibility of high-precision dating by dendrochronology. Research in these wetland sites started in the mid-19th century. Through large scale rescue excavations since the 1970s and the evolution of underwater archaeology in the same period the Swiss accumulated a thorough experience with these specific sites. Research in wetland sites is shared between cantonal institutions and universities and led to a worldwide unique accumulation of knowledge. Comparable sites exist outside of the Alpine area, but in much smaller quantities. Regions like Russia (small lakes in NW-Russia) and Macedonia (medium size lakes in the border zone of Macedonia, Albania and Greece) have a high scientific potential; rivers in Ukraine are supposed to have the same type of sites.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Office of the Dean, Faculty of Humanities
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History

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Hafner, Albert and Nielsen, Ebbe Holm


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300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)




European Association of Archaeologists




Albert Hafner-Lafitte

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02 Dec 2015 10:58

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05 Dec 2022 14:50

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Network in Eastern European Archaeology




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