Category: Archaeology

26. June 2020

Protohistory | Archaeology

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The wheel

by Samuel van Willigen

Who invented the wheel? Historians still debate this point today. And the Zurich region is in the running to claim the honour. Wheels dating from the Neolithic period have been found here.

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5. June 2019

Middle Ages | Archaeology

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Pecunia (non) olet – Latrine archaeology: the dirty side of wealth

by Elias Flatscher

For some of today’s archaeologists, former toilets are not just informative, but also a veritable treasure trove – whether stinking or not.

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17. January 2019

Protohistory | Archaeology

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Close the door!

by Samuel van Willigen

The National Museum Zurich houses one of the oldest preserved doors in Europe. The Robenhausen door is more than 5,500 years old.

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11. December 2017

Protohistory | Archaeology

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The gold-digger of Altstetten

by Andrej Abplanalp

At the construction site, life is hard. Except if you discover a treasure, as it happened in Zurich-Altstetten in 1906.

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1. November 2017

Protohistory | Archaeology

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It’s all in the shape

by Andrej Abplanalp

On All Hallows’ Day we commemorate the dead. That anyone commemorates the Roman soldier, buried during the Iron Age in Giubiasco (Ticino), is unlikely. Although, his story would be interesting.

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