Using the sites of the Lake Zurich region and Arbon Bleiche 3 at Lake Constance provides the opportunity to study extremely well preserved faunal material within a time span of around 2500 years.

Lake Zurich region

The sites at the lower end of Lake Zurich provide the longest and most complete sequence of mostly dendrochronological dated settlements in a single region in Europe or even worldwide. In this area a total of 43 settlement phases can be distinguished, varying in duration between 10 and 20 years. They date from approximately 4300 BC (Egolzwil culture) to 2600 BC (Corded Ware culture).

In addition, we will measure samples from the final occupation layers of Zurich-Mozartstrasse, dating from the Early to the Late Bronze Age (between 1950 and 950 cal. BC).

Arbon Bleiche 3

Besides the excellent preservation, Arbon Bleiche 3 is characterized by a short, single-phased and precisely dated occupation (3384–3370 BC, transitional Pfyn to Horgen cultures). In-depth multi-disciplinary analyses of the site formation processes show that hardly any horizontal and vertical mixing has taken place. The site therefore provides an opportunity to study cattle remains found in individual houses.