Prehistoric hut found in the Swiss Alps

Published on July 28th, 2009 | by Admin


A 3,000-year-old hut found in Switzerland near Austria is the oldest evidence of humans using summer pastures in the area.

Carbon dating shows the hut at 2,264 metres in canton Graub√ľnden was being used as early as 800 BC, hundreds of years before the Roman invasions, when pile dwellings dotted Switzerland’s lowland lakes and people were of pre-Celtic tribes.

Not much remains of the hut today but Reitmaier and a team of university archeology students have spent the past three years meticulously excavating its foundation, a dry-stacked stone structure that held wood walls and a roof. The centuries had left the site overgrown with thick mud, roots and grasses. The hut could have held four to six people.

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