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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter demonstrates how wetland archaeology, open-air museums, and living-history television programmes can bridge the gap between experts and enthusiasts, using the pile dwellings in Switzerland as an example. Shortly after they were discovered on Lake Zurich in the mid-nineteenth century, the pile dwellings attracted a lot of attention not only from experts but also from the general public. Popular science texts and images, as well as display collections dealing with wetland archaeology, soon appeared. Nowadays it falls mainly to the museums and archaeological services to convey the scientific results of pile-dwelling archaeology to the general public in an easy-to-understand and attractive manner by staging exhibitions, creating publications, organizing events, and maintaining good public relations. These endeavours are supported by popular ‘living history’ film projects.

Keywords: wetland settlements, pile dwellings archaeology, wetland archaeology, Switzerland

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