Aerial view of the island of Eielen from the south © Flying Camera, B. Krähenbühl

  Zug  |     Oterswil / Insel Eielen

Short Description
The site was discovered in 1920 and extends from the shoreline at Oterswilto the Isle of Eilen. The site was examined by two historic prospecting excavations and surface collections, and is frequently monitored now. There are two layers with archaeological contents that are associated with the Banded Wareculture, between 2750 BC and 2400 BC. The location of the site is fairly protected from erosion due to waves or low water levels.


2750 – 2400 B.C.

Lake Zugersee

413 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 0,45 ha / approx. 1 half soccer pitches

Size of the bufferzone 10,83 ha / approx. 15 soccer pitches

Photo documentation of the pile field at the southwestern tip of the Isle © Amt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Zug, Jochen Reinhard

Current Activities
Monitoring and prospecting by archaeological divers.

Pile Dwellings up close
An information board is available directly on the road between Zug and Walchwil.

Selected finds are exhibited in the Museum für Urgeschichte(n).

Museum für Urgeschichte(n) Zug
Hofstrasse 15, 6300 Zug
+41 (0)41 728 28 80
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Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 2 – 5 pm