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Hi friends.

Today you see my last post from the prehistoric potteries.
And some information I took from the same book from the same writer, professor of prehistoric archeology at Aristotle University in Thessalonica.

Although lakeside dwellings existed in or alongside every Greek lake, no archeological research has been done on them comparable to the systematic research on the great lakes of Germany and Switzerland begun in the last century. It is on basis of the great quantity of evidence those researches yielded that we can now draw conclusions and create a picture of the life of the inhabitants.
We now define every human settlement in or beside a lake as a lakeside dwelling. This definition is meant to be used broadly. Research using the relevant disciplines has been going on for one hundred and forty years, but only recently have we been able to include it as a specialized archeological discipline with its own theory and methodology.

Research first began on the great Swiss and German lakes after the extremely cold dry winter of 1853-54, when the water level fell about 0, 30 m to 1 m. This made possible the collection of extensive archeological material from which researches felt able to adduce the way the inhabitants of l.d. had organized and used the space available in or beside the lakes. Unfortunately their conclusions were not always supported by the evidence. Attempts made to recreate the life style of l.ds were based on different theories as to the reasons why the prehistoric inhabitants constructed their dwellings and organized their life around them.

Present day research on l.ds is founded on the application of criteria refined by experience gained in excavations, and on assessing the relevance of archeological material by analysis. The ideology of the researches sometimes plays a part.

There are four ways in which l.ds can be classified, each of which has underlying assumptions as to their character. These are, their shape; Their recurring modes of construction; their ‘organization’ and ‘use’ of the lake itself; And of the land surrounding the lake.

The first theory dates back to 1854 when the forerunner of lakeside research, Professor Ferdinand Keller of Zurich, asserted that lakeside settlements were constructed on platforms set up in the water. Professor H. Reinerth of Tuebingen University postulated the second theory; that the l.ds were shore based and as the water lever fluctuated were either alongside or over the surface of the lake. O. Paret, a Stuttgart professor, had strong reservations about Reinerth’s pile dwelling theory based on his own practical experience and his qualifications as an engineer. He maintained that wood was an unsuitable material for construction in water. He also cast doubt on Reinerth’s motivation describing Reinerth’s whole approach to l.ds as a romantic fantasy. ..
E. Vogt of Zurich also strongly criticized the pile dwellings theory. He maintained that the pile dwellings were constructed on the shoreline of the lakes. A consensus was finally reached as a result of researches begun in 1970, which proved that l.ds might be constructed on the shoreline, stand in the water, or be built on small islands. It was because the water level fluctuated depending on the water – the rain, winter snow and summer heat – that the lake or lakeside settlements were built the way they were. The settlements at Dispilio are constructed in the same way, so we have to conclude that many of the houses were built over the lake on specially constructed platforms.

it has to do with this place here

any comments are welcome.

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