During the winter of 2020/2021, commissioned by the Aargau Kanton Archaeological Department, professional craftspeople (re)produced a “new” pile dwelling house at the Hallwiler Lake in Seengen. At the same spot, on the Seeweg near the Männerbad, stood an older pile dwelling house, that was (re)created in 1988 and had unfortunately started to sink into the ground. The building had suffered to such an extent, that it could not be repaired and saved. The Aargau Kanton Archaeological Department decided, with the support of the town of Seengen, the Burghalde Lenzburg Museum and the Rotary Clubs of Lenzburg and Lenzburg-Seetal, to build a replacement at the same spot.

The new pile dwelling house is based on the archaeological finds of the site of Seengen-Riesi, located in sight of the reproduction. In 1923, the site was researched by the Historic Society of Seetal, led by Reinhold Bosch, and revealed excellently preserved wooden construction elements. The archaeological site Seengen-Riesi is not visible in the water today, and together with the site of Beinwil-Ägelmoos, belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of “Prehistoric Pile Dwellings Around The Alps”. The official opening celebration of the new construction is planned for the summer of 2021. Additional digital information materials are also in production


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The ingredients for this pile dweller’s Barleyotto (barley risotto) have been available since the Neolithic © PalaFitFood


Cooking like the pile dwellers – the food blog for the ten year UNESCO Pile Dwellings anniversary

What were people eating in the pile dwellings, and how did they cook their meals? Our blog’s theme “Science of the Stomach, not only presents you with hard facts about pile dwelling archaeology, but also with suggestions for recipes, and cook-off challenges for the foodies among you

PalaFitFood – Science of the Stomach

Cooking with regional and seasonal ingredients – what is edible and how can I prepare it? This question is of universal concern, both in the ancient past, as it is today. The pile dwelling sites have been under water, in an oxygen-poor environment, and the quality of preservation of organic materials is exceptional. Only because of this, can our archaeologists discover so many details on the topic of food and nutrition of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age. We present you some of this knowledge in our food blog PalaFitFood , in everyday language and in small, bite-sized snacks. Recipes and cook-offs are meant to inspire every foodie, connoisseur and home-chef, to participate and to experiment with us