Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Prehistoric Pile dwellings - GERMANY - UNESCO #1363
This card shows one of the 111 places of this six country transboundary UNESCO site (I seriously doubt that I'll ever get a card from all of them, but I would really like to get one from each country - much like the Struve Geodetic Arc, this sites are a headache to the UNESCO collectors). It's amazing to think that some of this primitive wood constructions resisted for almost 7000 years. Thank you very much Kerstin for this double swap. Ok now, with this site (or at least 0,9% of it), I've got 189 in my collection, 792 remaining. This postcard took 13 days to arrive!
This serial property of 111 small individual sites encompasses the remains of prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements in and around the Alps built from around 5000 to 500 B.C. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands. Excavations, only conducted in some of the sites, have yielded evidence that provides insight into life in prehistoric times during the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Alpine Europe and the way communities interacted with their environment.