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Murten, Switzerland

Murten is a municipality in the See district of the canton of Fribourg in Switzerland. It is located on the southern shores of Lake Morat. Morat is situated between Bern and Lausanne. It is home to the prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlement at Segelboothafen that is part of the Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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It is home to the prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlement at Segelboothafen that is part of the Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Segelboothafen (sail boat harbor) site is located along the lake shore at the foot of the old town’s hill. The site dates to the Middle and Final Neolithic period. Some of the piles were dendrochronologically dated to the late Cortaillod Middle Neolithic around 3552 BC and the Final Neolithic around 2534 BC. The site was first excavated in 1883-84 by Süsstruck. Later excavations found one or two strata that are up to 40 cm (16 in) thick and a field of wooden piles. Archeological finds included pottery, stone tools, wooden objects and animal bones.

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