Towards ‘Sunken – Resurfaced‘ exhibition in 2020
in Abtsdorf Attersee overlooking the Northern Limestone Alps.
© 7reasons / Trustees Pfahlbauten
Within the scope of the Time Jump research project, underwater archaeologists will explore a prehistoric lake dwelling settlement in Seewalchen am Attersee in Austria.
Since 1965, there has been a national exhibition in Upper Austria. In 2020, a new national exhibition will showcase the current results of the pile-dwelling research. It will feature sites in Seewalchen, in Mondsee and Attersee.
This exhibition will illustrate the regional and international relationships that took place in Prehistory and Early History; in particular, it depicts the cultural exchanges that existed amongst the various land and water settlements.
Time Jump project
"Lake Mondsee". © Trustees Pfahlbauten
The objective of Time Jump is to gather concrete evidence of the prehistoric settlements in Attersee and Mondsee so as to better understand the pile dwelling subject in the region. This year’s excavation in the diving pit at the beach of Seewalchen signfies the start of a series of research projects in the Upper Austrian lakes. The diving pit had been created decades ago when the lido was constructed, and leads directly into one of the prehistoric pile dwellings of Seewalchen. Since then, it has eroded steadily, and so it is necessary to dredge it regularly. To prevent further destruction, the Time Jump project was conceived so as to secure the diving pit by means of formwork, thereby stopping the erosion.
the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mondsee.
© Christian Howe / Trustees Pfahlbauten
The discoveries from the lakeside settlements comprise organic material like wood, antlers, food and plant residue, fabric, raffia, etc. Despite having been at the bottom of the lake, it has survived for thousands of years. Thus, in the process of recovery and subsequent restoration, further drying out of the items must be avoided.
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