The Neolithic stilt houses of the Alps are now a World Heritage Site

The Neolithic stilt houses of the Alps are now a World Heritage Site

The prehistoric settlements of Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland, will be officially recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site tomorrow, when the ceremony takes place, although their assignment was granted on June 27.

A group of 111 sites of these will obtain the denomination, being Switzerland, with 56 of them, the leader country of the project that has finally been chosen.

UNESCO describes the sites as follows: “This serial property of 111 individual and small sites, encompasses the remains of prehistoric dwellings called palafitos (or houses with stilts), being settlements built between 5,000 and 500 years BC. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands”.

The excavations were only carried out in some places, but they have given us indications of how people lived in prehistoric times, more precisely during the Neolithic and the Bronze Age, in the Alps of Europe and how communities interacted with their environment”.

56 of the sites are in Switzerland, and they are a unique and exceptionally well-preserved group of great cultural richness and that constitute one of the most important sources for the study of the first agrarian societies of the region”.

The ceremony will take place at the Latinium Museum, in Neuchatel (Switzerland), and on Sunday 11 there will be a new celebration, in this special case, as it is their 10th anniversary and they will do so with a recreation of the prehistoric world in the part of the enclosure, which will remain open seven days a week and with free access on the occasion of this.

Source: Geneva Lunch

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