ARCHAIC ENCOUNTER AT LAKE CONSTANCE


In Unteruhldingen, Germany, on Lake Constance, wooden posts in the water still serve as reminders of the houses that once stood there.

During the Neolithic Period (4,000 BC), the first farmers settled by the lakes around the Alps. They often built their villages directly in or by the water and protected themselves from the wet grounds and floods by building their homes on wooden stilts. These pile dwellings are an early form of settlement offering the people protection against enemies and predators. And the close proximity to water was also vital for survival by the direct access to the lucrative fishing grounds.

The pictures here were all taken some days ago at the Pile Dwellings Museum of Unteruhldingen, Lake Constance. This site comprises an open-air museum with 23 reconstructed houses from the Stone and Bronze Age (4,000 until 850 BC). After archeological excavations in the lake the first houses were reconstructed in 1922 based on replicas and original findings making a fascinating submerged world visible again.

Towards the end of the Bronze Age (approximately 850 BC), a dramatically worsening climate and rising lake level pushed the settlers back inland into the surrounding hills. Since then, the remains of the sunken villages have been resting well protected at the bottom of Lake Constance. Complex underwater excavations brought numerous finds of building parts which allowed for accurate reconstruction of the houses.

Other diverse finds can be seen in a small museum, and in the houses you get also a deep insight of ancient living conditions being really worth a visit.

 

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13 thoughts on “ARCHAIC ENCOUNTER AT LAKE CONSTANCE”

    1. Thanks a lot for your interest. This is only one of 111 similar archeological sites with pile dwellings all over the Alps (being alltogether UNESCO World Heritage), nearly half of them in Switzerland. But two pile dwelling museums also to be found in Northern Italy for example. May be also in other countries. Nice weekend!

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    1. Thank you very much, Gilles. Unfortunately it is not allowed to make photos in the houses where the multiple aspects of ancient life are shown and explained by guides of the museum. Simply amazing that this place was inhabited for nearly 3,000 years in the Stone and Bronze Age. And even today this style of settlement exists in many countries. Although our visit took place for Eastern it was not totally overcrowded allowing us to have a look without stress. So I can really recommend it.

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    1. I think it is good to know the roots of our common history, and this is such a place to learn a little bit about such. The first photo with the stilts or poles has been cropped which brought this nice result. Less is more. Thanks a lot for your comment!

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