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Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps

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. Fifty-six of the sites are located in Switzerland. The settlements are a unique group of exceptionally well-preserved and culturally rich archaeological sites, which constitute one of the most important sources for the study of early agrarian societies in the region.

Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site

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ivTo be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history. All
vTo be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change. All

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Haus Hiltl 201927km site_ao
Hexenmuseum Schweiz 20199.3km site_ao
Kaltbach Cave 201915.3km site_ao
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The Mourning Vending Machine 201925.3km site_ao
Straw Museum 20199.5km site_ao
This Fountain Commemorates Bambi’s Creator 201928.5km site_ao
Kulturama 201828.1km site_ao
Villa Patumbah 201827.9km site_ao
Succulent Collection of Zürich 201826.2km site_ao
Medieval Habsburg Castle in Switzerland 201720.6km site_ao
Chaiselongue 201827.9km site_ao
Housing complex Unteraffoltern II 196728km site_brutalism
Grossfeld Retirement Home 196527.9km site_brutalism
St. Michael 23.8km site_brutalism
Row Houses Asphof 196730.3km site_brutalism
Migros 197122.7km site_brutalism
Apartment Highrise Birmensdorferstrasse 195423.8km site_brutalism
Jakobsgut Settlement 196625.5km site_brutalism
The Adler House 24.8km site_brutalism
High School (Oberstufenschulhaus) Stettbach 31.3km site_brutalism
Three Houses, Rebbergstrasse 196326.7km site_brutalism
Apartment Building (Pfäffikonstrasse 40) 40.2km site_brutalism
Atelier Neuenschwander 31.5km site_brutalism
Residential Houses 24.2km site_brutalism
Franziskushaus (today: International Campus Olten (student housing)) 196421.8km site_brutalism

About the source: UNESCO

Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.