Freienbach–Hurden Seefeld

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Hurden Seefeld
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Rapperswil-Jona - Kempraten - Rapperswil - Jona - Frauenwinkel - Seedamm - Holzbrücke - Hurden - Rüti - Feusisberg - Etzel 2010-10-21 15-54-06.jpg
The site of the prehistoric settlement
LocationHurden, Freienbach, Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland
Part ofPrehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps
CriteriaCultural: (iv), (v)
Reference1363-028
Inscription2011 (35th Session)
Area2.4 ha (5.9 acres)
Buffer zone16.12 ha (39.8 acres)
Websitewww.palafittes.org/en/index.html
Coordinates47°12′43.06″N 8°48′8.22″E / 47.2119611°N 8.8022833°E / 47.2119611; 8.8022833Coordinates: 47°12′43.06″N 8°48′8.22″E / 47.2119611°N 8.8022833°E / 47.2119611; 8.8022833
Freienbach–Hurden Seefeld is located in Canton of Schwyz
Freienbach–Hurden Seefeld
Location of Freienbach–Hurden Seefeld in Canton of Schwyz
Freienbach–Hurden Seefeld is located in Switzerland
Freienbach–Hurden Seefeld
Freienbach–Hurden Seefeld (Switzerland)

Freienbach–Hurden Seefeld is one of the 111 serial sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps, of which are 56 located in Switzerland.[1][2]

Geography[edit]

Hurden-Seefeld is located at the Frauenwinkel area on Zürichsee lakeshore in Hurden, a locality of the municipality of Freienbach in the Canton of Schwyz in Switzerland. Situated at the Seedamm, an isthmus between the Zürichsee and the Obersee lake area, it was in close vicinity to the prehistoric lake crossings, neighboured by three other Prehistoric pile dwelling settlements: Freienbach–Hurden Rosshorn, Rapperswil-Jona/Hombrechtikon–Feldbach and Rapperswil-Jona–Technikum; because the lake has grown in size over time, the original piles are now around 4 metres (13 ft) to 7 metres (23 ft) under the water level of 406 metres (1,332 ft). The settlement comprises 2.4 hectares (5.93 acres), and the buffer zone including the lake area comprises 16.14 hectares (39.88 acres) in all.

Description[edit]

The early Corded ware culture in one of several settlement phases provide dates which are of particular scientific interest in terms of the emergence and dissemination in Switzerland; the layers are extraordinarily well preserved and hold valuable reserves of research material. Extending over 300 metres (984 ft) to 400 metres (1,312 ft) metres, the settlement is also of great interest due to its function and internal organization on this important transport route crossing the lake.[3]

Protection[edit]

As well as being part of the 56 Swiss sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps, the settlement is also listed in the Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance as a Class A object of national importance.[4] Hence, the area is provided as a historical site under federal protection, within the meaning of the Swiss Federal Act on the nature and cultural heritage (German: Bundesgesetz über den Natur- und Heimatschutz NHG) of 1 July 1966. Unauthorised researching and purposeful gathering of findings represent a criminal offense according to Art. 24.[5]

See also[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Peter J. Suter, Helmut Schlichtherle et al.: Pfahlbauten – Palafittes – Palafitte. Palafittes, Biel 2009. ISBN 978-3-906140-84-1.
  • Beat Eberschweiler: Ur- und frühgeschichtliche Verkehrswege über den Zürichsee: Erste Ergebnisse aus den Taucharchäologischen Untersuchungen beim Seedamm. In: Mitteilungen des Historischen Vereins des Kantons Schwyz, Volume 96, Schwyz 2004.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prehistoric Pile Dwellings in Switzerland". Swiss Coordination Group UNESCO Palafittes (palafittes.org). Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  2. ^ "World Heritage". palafittes.org. Retrieved 2014-12-08.
  3. ^ "Sites Switzerland: Freienbach–Hurden Seefeld (CH-SZ-02)". palafittes.org. Retrieved 2014-12-08.
  4. ^ "A-Objekte KGS-Inventar (Kanton Schwyz)" (PDF). Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft, Amt für Bevölkerungsschutz. 2015-01-01. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  5. ^ "Bundesgesetz über den Natur- und Heimatschutz (NHG)" (PDF) (in German). Hochbaudepartement Stadt Zürich. 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  6. ^ Beat Eberschweiler (2004). "Ur- und frühgeschichtliche Verkehrswege über den Zürichsee: Erste Ergebnisse aus den Taucharchäologischen Untersuchungen beim Seedamm" (in German). ETH Bibliothek. Retrieved 2014-12-08.

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