Period I newsletter

Lake dwellings (replica's), Latenium Neuchâtel. Photo: TES.

Lake Dwellings

The Society for Lake Dwelling Archeology and Regional Ethnology was founded in 1922 and manages the  Lake Dwelling Museum in Unteruhldingen (Germany). The Society studies the prehistory in the Lake Constance area and the archaeology of lake dwellings in particular. Lake dwellings are a phenomenon that still surprises scholars and the public. Most lake dwellings exist in Switzerland and in Germany. Italy knows a high concentration of lake dwellings in the Adigo (Süd-Tirol) and France has a few lake dwelling settlements in Savoie.

This heritage was covered by water until the late nineteenth century when archaeologists made the first astonishing discoveries of a lost civilization. The decorative arts, housing and utilities are impressive. Switzerland proudly presented the first replica’s of lake dwellings at the world exhibition in Paris in 1867/68. The Laténium in Neuchâtel and the Lake Dwelling museum in Unteruhldingen are the most interesting sites.

Lake dwelling was a regional phenomenon, crossing present-day national borders and shows the old interdependence of cultures from the prehistoric period onwards, even before the so-called romanization since the beginning of the Roman occupation (Further information: www.pfahlbauten.com and www.latenium.ch).