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Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps

Nine pile dwellings are located on the shores of Lake Constance in Baden-Württemberg. Nine more are listed in Upper Swabia, south of Augsburg and at Lake Starnberg. Together with 93 further sites in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia, they represent an archaeological legacy that dates back almost 7,000 years.

Thanks to scientific analysis, it is now possible to accurately date the structures of entire settlements and document the history of the villages and their environment.

Textiles, dugout canoes, wagons and wheels – the oldest wheels in Europe dating from around 3,000 BC were found here – build up a picture of trading, agriculture, livestock rearing and mobility in the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age, as well as fascinating insights into the village life of early farmers and fishermen.
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The place of discovery “Schachen” in Bodman-Ludwigshafen

The place of discovery is located at the influx of the “Stockacher Aach”. It is special because of the well preserved three-phase stratigraphy of the Early Bronze Age. Also of importance is the extensive, string ceramic pile field.
The beginning was about 5 houses with 25 to 30 square meters of area, 100 years later the construction technique was advanced and the houses got bigger.  The walls were out of creeping bant and mud.
Rests of the corn and also hazelnut, blackberries wildapples and wild berries. They had pigs and cows as their pets.
From the clothing of the people only needles of bronze have survived. Big founds of elderberries, which go far beyond the acceptable quantities as food, indicate textile dyeing.
The funeral form of Arbon culture is unknown. Therefore, it is believed that the dead people were either buried in archaeologically undetectable form or funerals places were chosen which were basically covered by landslides.


  • Joachim Köninger: Die frühbronzezeitlichen Ufersiedlungen von Bodman-Schachen I:Befunde und Funde aus den Tauchsondagen 1982 – 1984 und 1986, aus: Forschungen und Berichte zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte in Baden-Württemberg; 85. Stuttgart: Theiss, 2006, ISBN 3-8062-1738-6
  • Ernst Probst: Deutschland in der Bronzezeit.
    München, Orbis Verlag 1999, ISBN 3-572-01059-4 – S. 66 ff., 151 ff.
  • Christian Strahm: Die frühe Bronzezeit in Südwestdeutschland. In: Congrès National des Sociétés Savantes: Cultures et sociétés du bronze ancien en Europe, 117e congrès des sociétés savantes, Clermont-Ferrand 27-29 octobre 1992, Paris, 1996, ISBN 2-7355-0330-5