Prehistoric hut found in the Swiss Alps

Published on July 28th, 2009 | by Admin

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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 Graubünden 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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