Archaeology in Switzerland between lakes and mountains.

Hafner, Albert (4 February 2016). Archaeology in Switzerland between lakes and mountains. (Unpublished). In: International Scientific Conference HUMAN & LANDSCAPE: Geographical approach in the Prehistoric archaeology, February 3 – 5, 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine. Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Red Building, Volodymyrska 60, room 349. 04.02.2016.

Switzerland has an extraordinarily rich archaeological heritage from the Neolithic and the Bronze Age, dating back nearly 7000 years. Since the mid-19th century, the first pile dwellings were discovered in the lakes of the Central Plateau. Since 2011 these sites are part of the UNESCO world heritage „Prehistoric pile-dwellings around the Alps“. Not only lakes, but also Swiss mountains preserve extraordinary archaeological remains: from an alpine pass in the Bernese Alps prehistoric objects are melting out from the ice. Perfect preservation conditions and modern archaeological methods allow exploring the development of early agrarian societies in this part of the world. We can reconstruct their settlements and follow their exchange with other communities. Archaeology under water and in alpine environments allows fascinating insights into the beginnings of our history.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History

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Hafner, Albert


900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)




Albert Hafner-Lafitte

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07 Apr 2016 16:31

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