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Neolithics of Pfyn

written by Rene K. Mueller, Copyright (c) 2007, last updated Mon, December 3, 2007

Updates

Tue, August 28, 2007: Included screenshots for summary and daily video blogs, expanded to 21 pages.

Thu, August 23, 2007: Little writeup and links to all video clips (daily coverage and weekly summaries), plus 25 photos of building the houses.


The swiss TV station SF1 project covered two families with kids living a month in a stone age like setup, and being documented by a camera man and his assistant recording the audio; from July 25 - August 20, 2007, with daily coverage with short reviews of what happened the day.

It was fairly successfull in regards of popularity, and given it wasn't made in the sensationalistic manner this is even more remarkable.

I met one participant, Jörg Mäder , just a couple of weeks before the project started - so I got to know the project a bit closer, as I don't watch TV anymore (not even live streamed).


Neolithics of Pfyn

  • Ursula Bots (46)
  • Berni Bots (45)
  • Veronica Bots (18)
  • Matteo Bots (8)

  • Babette Mäder (44)
  • Jörg Mäder (44)
  • Flurina Mäder (12)
  • Flavia Mäder (11)

  • Martin Imhof (21)
  • Christian Hinterberger (25)

Building the Houses

The details how the buildings were made are illustrated by those photos I found:

House skeleton
House skeleton (closeup)
House skeleton
Sealing the wall
Finished walls
Finished house
Finished house
Straw setting
Straw setting
Straw setting
Reed roof
Web the wall
Finished roof
(courtesy Joël Traber, Pfyn)

Apprx. 10 ton of clay was moved on location for the ground and walls of the houses. Some more pictures of building houses:

Noteable contribution building the houses came from Max Zurbuchen (Prehistorian) and Andreas Bergamini (Reedroofer).

Weekly & Daily Video Blog Summaries

All summaries and daily features are 10-30 minutes long, and viewable by real video player , all videos are commented in swiss-german:

Week 1

Video Blog Week 1 (2007/08/27) (24 mins): Making fire for the first time in the village, exploring the storage rooms, wheat field, various lifestock (pigs & goats), fresh water, enhancing the beds, first night approaching, cold first night, securing the storage room, milking the goats, first problems digesting the food.

Week 2

Video Blog Week 2 (2007/08/03) (27 mins): Two man start their voyage, and struggle passing a river; meanwhile in the village the first attempt catching fish, an approved hunter provides a wild boar, preparing the boar (skinning) for a meal.

Week 3

Video Blog Week 3 (2007/08/10) (25 mins): Voyage finally ends, found a salt source and going back - in the village extending a small access to the pond, more fishing attempts, breaking of pottery and making glue using birch skin, burning new pottery, draining the ground after days of rain.

Week 4

Video Blog Week 4 (2007/08/17) (27 mins): The two men return to the village with the bag full of salt, preparing a pork for the big feast and preserving the meat (e.g. smoking, salting), family Maeder makes a two day excursion, reflection on what life means, different sense of time.

On the follow pages you find daily video blogs which were broadcast on SF1, part of the blog was live broadcast, like interviews.


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