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Wasserburg (Germany)


Definition: Wasserburg is one of the best preserved Late Bronze Age urnfield settlement sites in Europe, located in Federseemoor, in the Baden-Wurtemberg region of southwestern Germany. A large (150x120 meters) village site of wooden houses enclosed by a double palisade wall, the site had evidence of at least three stages of rebuilding. Wasserburg is dated primarily to the Hallstatt period between about 1200 and 900 BC.

Excavated in the 1920s and 30s by Hans Reinerth, Wasserburg went unpublished until after Reinerth's death in 1990. The Federseemuseum has reconstructed houses and part of the palisade line, which can be seen by tourists today.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology. Sources for the term include the references listed on the front page of the Dictionary, and the websites listed in the sidebar.
Also Known As: Wasserburg-Buchau

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