Over the past decades, pile-dwelling research has made a significant contribution to the establishment of a true-to-life picture of the past. Our knowledge of early settlement history in the prealpine region is largely based on scientific results obtained from pile dwelling sites.
The finds from pile dwellings display considerable cultural variety and span the period from 5000-500 BC. Scholars today can identify more than 30 different cultural groups associated with the pile dwelling sites. Therefore, the interactions – even across the Alps – between Central and Southeastern European, Western European and Mediterranean cultural traditions can thus be studied and illustrated.