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The prehistoric settlements are located on the peninsula in the lake. For periods of time, the water level rose considerably, and this naturally protected © O. Braasch / LAD

  Wolpertswende  |     Schreckensee

Short Description
The site is located on a peninsula in Upper Swabia and is the only site that contains a comprehensive stratigraphy from the Chalcolithic to the Early Bronze Age, with settlements associated with the “Pfyn-Altheimer-Group”, the “Horgen Culture”, the Goldberg II-Group, and the Early Bronze Age. Organic materials here are exceptionally well preserved. The site is an important representative of settlements on peninsulas and islands in the lakes of Upper Swabia, and contains evidence of early copper metallurgy in the area.

Neolithic / Bronze Age

3651-3650 B.C., 3265 B.C. and 3263 B.C.

Lake Schreckensee

569 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 1,1 ha / approx. 2 soccer pitches

Size of the bufferzone 7 ha / approx. 10 soccer pitches

Fired clay crucible, ca. 3650 B.C. © Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Baden Württemberg im Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart (LAD)

Current Activities
The archaeological deposits are covered and protected by layers of peat and lake sediments. The water level of the lake and the groundwater at the site is generally stable and ensures the continued preservation of the deposits. The site is monitored and regularly inspected by the Department of Antiquities and Monuments.

Pile Dwellings up close
A selection of objects can be visited at the Landesmuseum Württemberg:

Landesmuseum Württemberg
Altes Schloss,
Schillerplatz 6,
70173 Stuttgart
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