How to Cite

Hafner, Albert et al. (Eds.): Settling waterscapes in Europe: The archaeology of Neolithic and Bronze Age pile-dwellings, Heidelberg: Propylaeum, 2020 (OSPA – Open Series in Prehistoric Archaeology, Volume 1).


ISBN 978-3-948465-82-7 (PDF)
ISBN 978-3-948465-83-4 (Hardcover)




Albert Hafner, Ekaterina V. Dolbunova, Andrey N. Mazurkevich, Elena Pranckenaite, Martin Hinz (Eds.)

Settling waterscapes in Europe: The archaeology of Neolithic and Bronze Age pile-dwellings

Pile dwellings have been explored all over Europe for decades now. This has led to the development of different methods and even schools of excavations and analysis techniques influenced by the research traditions in individual countries. This volume provides a current insight into international research on life in and around prehistoric waterscapes. It contains various case studies demonstrating the importance of scientific analysis for the study of settlement between land and water and on the anthropogenic influence on the landscapes around Neolithic and Bronze Age pile dwellings, presenting a new body of data and international perspectives on the settlement of European waterscapes.

Related research data are here.


Table of Contents
Albert Hafner, Ekaterina V. Dolbunova, Andrey N. Mazurkevich, Elena Pranckenaite, Martin Hinz
Introduction: Neolithic and Bronze Age pile dwellings in Europe
An outstanding archaeological resource with a long research tradition and broad perspectives
Maili Roio
Archaeological excavations from the past with new interpretations
Ekaterina V. Dolbunova, Andrey N. Mazurkevich, Mikhail V. Sablin, Piotr Kittel, Yolaine Maigrot, Eduard Kazakov
Landscape, seasonality and natural resources use in the 3rd millennium BC by pile-dwelling communities (NW Russia)
Ekaterina V. Dolbunova, Andrey N. Mazurkevich, Eduard Kazakov, Sebastian Lorenz, Jörg Fassbinder, Roberto Hensel, Elena Pavlovskaya
Geophysical prospection of submerged Neolithic settlements in Lake Sennitsa (NW Russia)
Sebastian Lorenz, Henny Piezonka, Nadezhda Nedomolkina, Vanessa Elberfeld, Karl-Uwe Heußner, Wiebke Kirleis, Magdalena Wieckowska-Lüth
Pile dwellers in the Sukhona basin?
Wooden structures of the 4th and 3rd millennium cal BC at Veksa, Northern Russia
Maxim Charniauski
The settlements of the Kryvina peat bog region in the context of cultural changes of the 5th – 2nd millennium BC
Goce Naumov
Neolithic wetland and lakeside settlements in the Balkans
Tryfon S. Giagkoulis
On the Edge
The Pile-field of the Neolithic Lakeside Settlement Anarghiri IXb (Amindeon, Western Macedonia, Greece) and the Non-Residential Wooden Structures on the Periphery of the Habitation
Ferran Antolín, Christoph Brombacher, Marlu Kühn, Bigna L. Steiner, Niels Bleicher, Stefanie Jacomet
new look at late Neolithic plant economy from the site of Zürich-Parkhaus Opéra (Switzerland): methods, activity areas and diet
Albert Hafner, Christoph Brombacher, Fabian Rey, Marco Hostettler, Julian Laabs, Matthias Bolliger, John Francuz, Erika Gobet, Simone Häberle, Philippe Rentzel, Marguerita Schäfer, Jörg Schibler, Othmar Wey, Willy Tinner
Archaeological and palaeoecological investigations at Burgäschisee (Swiss Plateau): new interdisciplinary insights in Neolithic settlement, land use and vegetation dynamics
Martin Mainberger, Tilman Baum, Renate Ebersbach, Philipp Gleich, Ralf Hesse, Angelika Kleinmann, Ursula Maier, Josef Merkt, Sebastian Million, Oliver Nelle, Elisabeth Stephan, Helmut Schlichtherle, Richard Vogt, Lucia Wick
New perspectives on archaeological landscapes in the south-western German alpine foreland — first results of the BeLaVi Westallgäu project
Kerstin Kowarik, Julia Klammer, Helena Seidl da Fonseca, Jakob Maurer, Timothy Taylor
From lakeshore to hilltop
Investigating Copper Age landuse in the Attersee-Mondsee region
Léa Drieu, Sigrid Mirabaud, Mélanie Roffet-Salque, Thierry Blasco, Pierre Pétrequin, Anne-Marie Pétrequin, Richard P. Evershed, Martine Regert
Defining pottery use and exploitation of natural products at Clairvaux XIV during the Middle Neolithic