Prehistoric Places to Visit Worldwide

Archaeology Sites (worldwide) - Archaeology / Heritage Sites (worldwide) - Archaeology Museums (worldwide)

Archaeology Sites (UK) - Archaeology / Heritage Sites (UK) - Archaeology Museums (UK)

Interesting Prehistoric Archaeology Sites

KARAIN CAVE - Turkey

In the foothills of the Katran Mountains is the oldest known settlement in Turkey, the Palaeolithic caves of Karain discovered in 1946 by Prof. Ismail Kilic Kőkten.

CARNAC - France

At the world famous site of Carnac, there are 3,000 prehistoric standing stones that were hewn from local rock and erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany around 4500-3300 BC

CATALHOYUK - Turkey

Çatalhöyük was first discovered in 1958 by James Mellaart and excavated between 1961 and 1965. Mellaart suggested that the village was occupied from between 7,000 and 5,500 BC.

LEMPA - Cyprus

Lempa (or Lemba) is one of the most ancient settlements in Cyprus, that appears to have been occupied from the Chalcolithic Period (3800–2500 BC) until the Medieval period.

RIJCKHOLT FLINT MINE - Netherlands

Excavations at the Neolithic flint mine at Rijckholt have found around 75 shafts up to 150m long cut into the Cretaceous chalk layers (known locally as 'Mergel') and over 14,000 artefacts.

DOUGGA - Tunisia

Dougga (the modern name for the ancient city of Thugga) is situated in the mountains of Tunisia in an area that was populated by the Numidians. The archaeological site covers an area of approximately 75 ha.

EL DJEM - Tunisia

El Djem is famous for its large 35,000 seater amphitheatre (only Rome's Colosseum with about 45,000 spectators and the ruined theatre of Capua are larger). The amphitheatre at El Djem was built by the Romans under proconsul Gordian.

TOMB OF THE KINGS - Cyprus

The Tombs of the Kings is a large necropolis (or city of the dead) about 2km north-west of Paphos. Although there was never any royalty buried at the site, it does reflect the wealth of the area in its heyday.

Archaeology Park / Heritage Site

Austria:

ÖTZI DORF - Umhausen

Ötzi Dorf is open-air archaeological park, showing visitors the way of life in the Neolithic period. The Ötztal Association of prehistoric buildings was built in collaboration with the University of Innsbruck (Institute of Archaeology Univ. Dr. Walter Leitner)

Denmark:

SAGNLANDET LEJRE - Roskilde

10,000 years of Danish history brought to life. With houses and settings from the Iron Age, Stone Age, Viking Age and 18th century historic workshops, Sagnlandet Lejre was established in 1964 as an experimental centre for studies in the field of history and archaeology.

Finland:

KIERIKKI STONE AGE CENTRE - Yli-Ii

The Kierikki Centre and the reconstructed Stone Age village, located on the banks of the river Iijoki, form a unique combination telling about Finnish prehistory

France:

PALEOSITE - Saint-Césaire

This 10-hectare park is situated at the site of the 1979 archaeological dig where the fossilised remains of a young Neanderthal woman, nicknamed Pierrette, were found. Her discovery changed the way scientists viewed Neanderthals.

PREHISTO PARC - Tursac, Dordogne

Préhisto-parc is an UNESCO World Heritage site, is an amazing voyage through 100,000 years. The 5-hectare park was designed with the help of J-L Heim, Professor at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle and the Institut de Paléontologie Humaine.

SAMARA PREHISTORIC PARK - Amiens

Samara Prehistoric Park occupies 30 hectares which lie between a Roman military camp and the river Somme. The park has four prehistoric periods: Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age, and within each of these is a reconstruction of dwellings of that period.

Germany:

PFAHLBAU LAKE DWELLING MUSEUM - Bodensee

Constructed between 1922 - 2007, the museum contains eight pile-dwellings from the Stone and Bronze Age (4.000 to 850 BC) at the northern edge of Lake Constance.

STIFTUNG NEANDERTHAL MUSEUM - Mettmann

The Neanderthal Museum opened its doors to the public on the 10th of October 1996. About 170.000 visitors per year come to see the award-winning multi-media exhibition over five floors following a spiral ramp walkway through interactive exhibitions, models, diagrams and artefacts.

Italy:

ARCHEOPARK -

Archeopark (conceived by the archaeologist Dr. Ausilio Priuli) allows the public to discover the ancient Camuni, the padanian and alpine peoples throughout a time span of 15.000 years.

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Netherlands:

ARCHEON - Alphen aan den Rijn

The park contains 43 reconstructions (gates, bridges, inn, cabins, temples, monasteries, farms and guild houses) covering Prehistoric, Roman and Middle Ages periods. 

JUSTERLAND - Langedijk

Justerland is a new historic park in the process of being built, that will tell the story of the Netherlands and the regional North Sea Culture, up to about 1000AD.

Spain:

ARQUEOPINTO - Madrid

Arqueopinto Park is in Madrid, in the town of Pinto. It has two acres of facilities dedicated to teaching how was the prehistoric world

Sweden:

EKEHAGEN PREHISTORIC VILLAGE - Falköping

Ekehagen´s Prehistoric Village is an archaeological open air museum showing what Prehistoric life was like in Scandinavia, from huts of the Mesolithic to a farm of the Middle Iron Age (no Vikings).

Interesting Prehistory Museums

MUSEUM OF PREHISTORY TAUTAVEL EUROPEAN CENTRE - Tautavel (France)

In 1971, the discovery of Tautavel Man (450,000 years) by the teams of Professor Lumley sparked the desire to create a center of scientific and cultural

NEANDERTHAL MUSEUM - Krapina (Crotia)

The museum is located at Hušnjakovo, the site where fossilized Neanderthal remains dating back 130,000 years were found - the most numerous and most varied collection of such fossils in the world

SOUTH TYROL MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY - Bolzano (Italy)

The museum is the home of 5300 year old Ötzi the Iceman, found in 1991 on the Ötztal Alps.

 

Key:

 

Palaeolithic
Mesolithic
Neolithic
Bronze Age
Iron Age
Greek / Roman
Anglo-Saxon
Norse
Heritage Centre / Museum
 
= Burial / Cemetery
= Defence / Military
= Domestic / Settlement
= Industrial
= Ritual / Ceremonial

 

 


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Listen to BBC's Mel Giedroyc taking a British family back 2,000 years to live in the Danish Iron Age village of Sagnlandet Lejre.


 

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