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The Mosaics of Orbe-Boscéaz

The Villa is the largest estate in Roman Switzerland. The villa had exceptional dimensions, 230 x 90, and was organized around five courtyards, the two main ones being surrounded by colonnades. In this part there were also heated baths. Several rooms were decorated with mosaics on the floor. The surrounding wall of the villa had … Read more » “The Mosaics of Orbe-Boscéaz”

The Helvets

Mont Vully. Photo/Foto: TES.

The Helvets (Helvetii in Latin) was the name for some Celtic tribes who inhabited the Swiss Plateau some centuries before the era. The names of some of these tribes are known, including the Tigurini, Ambrones, Verbigeni and Tugini. The Rauraci and Suebi inhabited the regions of Basel, Southern Alsace and Baden in the same period. … Read more » “The Helvets”

Pile Dwellings in the Alps

Hauterive, Laténium. Photo:

About one thousand pile dwellings in six countries are known (Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia). A project by the UNESCO comprises a selection of 111 archaeological pile dwelling sites. The property is composed by the remains of prehistoric pile-dwelling settlements dating from 5 000 to 500 BC which are merely situated under water, … Read more » “Pile Dwellings in the Alps”