Prehistoric pile-dwelling settlements in Bavaria and the AlpsThe "prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements in and around the Alps" have been officially recognized as cross-border UNESCO World Heritage sites. These pile-dwellings are the very first underwater archaeological sites to be inscribed. A total of 111 sites in six Alpine countries have been added to the UNESCO list, three of which are in Bavaria.
PestenackerPestenacker, the most important of the wetland settlements in Bavaria, is a prehistoric settlement on the peaty floodplain of the "Verlorenen Baches" (Valley of the Lost Brook) in the district of Landsberg am Lech. The settlement can be dated back as far as 3,496 B.C. Research carried out in Pestenacker has had a major impact on what is known about the Altheimer culture, architecture and building of dwellings. It is possible to identify a number of different settlement phases all within a relatively short time period. Excavations have shown evidence of up to 17 small houses all within an area of 50 x 35 metres that was surrounded by a hurdle.
The small open air museum to the south of the settlement is still under construction. Some of the artefacts that have been found are on display in the adjacent museum.