UNESCO-World Heritage

The serial of Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps comprises a selection of 111 out of more than 1000 known archaeological pile dwelling sites in six countries around the Alps (Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia). The serial property is composed by the remains of prehistoric pile dwelling settlements dating from 5000 to 500 BC which are merely situated under water, on lake shores, along rivers or in wetland, offering exceptional conservation conditions for organic materials like wood, textiles, plant residue and bones.

Due to this exceptional waterlogged conditions preserved organic matter the sites give an exceptionally detailed image of the living conditions of these prehistoric populations, providing unique knowledge of their social, economic and ecological interactions. The results of over 150 years of research on the pile dwelling sites had a considerable influence on the understanding of the development of the early agrarian societies of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age in general, and the interactions between the regions around the Alps in particular.


Save the Date: 2021 - 10 years of inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage List

On 27.06.2011 the "Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps" were included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 2021 is therefore marked by the 10th anniversary of the World Heritage Site.

More information on this as well as a calendar of events and an overview of the anniversary activities will be available here soon



Pile Dwellings online!

Because of the actual situation you find here a choice of digital insight at the world of the prehistoric pile dwellings.
Thanks to all our colleagues and partner institutions, which has provide us the following links and information!

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Discovering Pile Dwellings

Interactive map

Protecting Pile Dwellings

A worthy World Heritage

Exploring Pile Dwellings

a look into the past