CH-SG-02

© KAZH/KASG

  Rapperswil Jona / Hombrechtikon  |     Technikum

Short description

The site in the Obersee was only discovered by divers in 1998. In 1999, 2006 and 2011 more detailed investigations were carried out by the archaeological diving team of the city of Zurich. The settlement, which has a diameter of approx. 100 m, is located on a shallow area, formerly probably on a small island. It was surrounded by several rows of palisades. With an area of 3,000 to 4,000 m2 it is one of the largest settlements of the Early Bronze Age in the Alpine foothills. It has several construction phases and dates from the second half of the 17th century B.C. There is evidence of metalworking with a soapstone mould for razors of an Alpine type.

To read more:
Mathias Schmidheiny, Die frühbronzezeitliche Inselsiedlung Rapperswil-Jona SG, Technikum. Jahrbuch Archäologie Schweiz AS 93, 2010, 101-122.
Andreas Mäder und Martin Peter Schindler, Mit Vlies und Kies – Schutz der Unesco-Pfahlbaufundstelle Rapperswil-Jona Technikum. archäologie schweiz 36, 2, 2013, 34-37.

Bronze Age

2nd millenium B.C.

Zürichsee / Obersee

404 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 0,92 ha / approx. 1 soccer pitch

Size of the bufferzone 42,10 ha / approx. 59 soccer pitches

Special features & highlights

The settlement gains importance because it is situated at the same time as the sea crossing traffic routes from Hurden-Rosshorn to Rapperswil. The Technikum site may have played the role of a controlling bridgehead. The significance of transport for the history of the region is thus clearly comprehensible for the first time. The Roman settlement of Kempraten and the medieval town of Rapperswil benefited from the same favourable traffic situation. Today, after over 3,500 years, traffic has become a plague.

Current activities

Due to the danger of erosion, their centre was covered with geotextile and a 20 cm thick layer of gravel in 2011 as a long-term protective measure.

Pile dwellings up-close

The finds are exhibited in the Historical and Ethnological Museum St.Gallen.

Historisches und
Völkerkundemuseum HVM
Museumstrasse 50
CH-9000 St.Gallen

Opening hours:
Tue – Sun 10 am – 5 pm
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