The floors of the houses have been excellently preserved. Excavations Sulzberger, 1915 © Kantonsarchäologie Schaffhausen

  Thayngen  |     Weier I-III

Short Description
Three settlement phases from the Pfyn Culture were identified at this site. The bog settlement consisted of c. 20 houses which were enclosed bya palisade and accommodated between 80 and 120 inhabitants. Most notably, the finds assemblage included particularly well-preserved ceramic vessels, worked wooden objects and a copper axeattesting to early metal working. The archaeological layers areregularly monitored for signs of desiccation in order to preventdestruction of the finds and architectural components made oforganic materials that remain on site.

Pile Dwellings in Switzerland” 2017 © GSK


3822–3761 B.C. (Weier I), 3722–3715 B.C. (Weier II) and 3584 B.C.(Weier III).

North of the High Rhine in a valley basin

477 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 0,48 ha / approx. a half soccer pitch

Size of the bufferzone 3,44 ha / approx. 5 soccer pitches

Special Features & Highlights
Information panel and telescope with visualisation of a pile dwelling.

Excavations 1963 © Kantonsarchäologie Schaffhausen

Current Activities
Monitoring and mediation (local association "Steinzeit aktiv").

Pile Dwellings up close
You see nothing but a field. Individual tours around the clock. A reconstructed pile  dwelling is located nearby.
A selection of finds is on display in the permanent exhibition of the Museum zu Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen.

Museum zu Allerheiligen
Klosterstrasse 16,
8200 Schaffhausen

+41 52 633 07 77
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Tue - Sun 11−17h
Mondays closed