Interior wooden floor of a home, with a clay hearth © H. Schlichtherle / Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Baden Württemberg im Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart (LAD)

  Alleshausen  |     Grundwiesen

Short Description
The site was discovered in 1989 and is located about 250 meters south of Allershausen, at the western rim of the Federsee marshlands. Excavations were conducted by the Baden-Württemberg Department of Antiquities and Monuments between 1990 and 1992, and again in 2005. The site represents a settlement associated with the “Goldberg III-Group” that specialized in the cultivation of flax and cattle farming. Grundwiesen is an exemplary site in Upper Swabia, in regards to the introduction of new social, economic and technological innovations during the Late Neolithic.


3020-2700 B.C.

Federsee Lake District

582 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 0,54 ha / nearly one soccer pitch

Size of the bufferzone 3,42 ha / approx. 5 soccer pitches

Special Features & Highlights
One exceptional artifact found at the site was a wooden disc wheel. The archaeological sediments are up to 1,2 m thick and contain wooden floors of homes that represent several phases of construction. The site has special significance in the research of environmental and economic transitions during the Late Neolithic.

Recovery of the wooden disc wheel © W. Hohl / Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Baden Württemberg im Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart (LAD)

Current Activities
The site is located in the undeveloped natural preserve of the Federsee marchlands. Efforts to raise the groundwater level have been made, and the Department of Antiquities and Monuments conducts monthly readings and monitors the situation.

Pile Dwellings up close
The site can be visited individually. A sign trail is on site.
A selection of finds can be visited here:

August-Gröber-Platz 2
88422 Bad Buchau
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