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Cortaillod-Est (Switzerland)


Definition: The site of Cortaillod-Est is an Alpine Lake palisaded village in a lake in Switzerland, dated to the Late Bronze Age (1009-955 BC). Identified from an aerial photograph of the lake shot in 1927, the site was excavated in the 1980s by an underwater team led by Béat Arnold. Seventeen houses were identified in the village, with their dates of construction pinpointed to 1009-1001 BC by dendrochronology. Over 180,000 potsherds were recovered from the site, which like many alpine lake settlements had excellent preservation.

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