Foundation of a Late Bronze Age block-constructed dwelling during the excavation of 1952-54 © Amt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Zug

  Zug  |     Sumpf

Short Description
The two Late Bronze Age settlement layers of Zug Sumpf yielded remains oflog constructions and other types of timber architecture, as well as large amounts exceptionally well preserved artefacts,made of pottery, bronze, glass, and other materials. This pile dwelling site was the first one discovered in Canton Zug, in 1859, but was not excavated until the 1920s/30s, and again in the 1950s. Still, large parts of the lake dwelling settlement remain untouched.

Bronze Age

between approx. 1050 and 850 B.C.

Lake Zugersee

412 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 2,05 ha / approx. 3 soccer pitches

Size of the bufferzone 5,98 ha / approx. 8 soccer pitches

Special Features & Highlights
Many of the pottery vessels that were found in different dwellings, show similar patterns and decorations. These “signatures” may point to the work of individual Late Bronze Age potters in the village.

Partially stacked Late Bronze Age pottery vesselsduring the excavation of 1952-54 © Amt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Zug

Current Activities
The site is located in a nature preserve. The level of the water that preserves the remains is constantly monitored by a piezometer.

Pile Dwellings up close
A footpath leads directly past the site and an information board.

Selected finds are exhibited at the Museum für Urgeschichte(n)

Museum für Urgeschichte(n) Zug
Hofstrasse 15, 6300 Zug
T +41 (0)41 728 28 80

Opening hours:

Tue-Sun: 2-5pm