Thousands of years ago Stone
Age man lived in wood houses built on stilts on the shores
of lakes in what is now Switzerland. Artifacts of this pre-historic
culture and a reconstruction of a lake dwelling are found at the
Latenium, Park and Archaeology Museum (Laténium, parc
et Musée d'Archéology) located on the lake shore
of the town of Hauterive ten minutes drive from downtown Neuchâtel.
Other ancient finds in the
museum include a jaw bone and Neanderthal flint tools from
the Cotencher cave, a Cro-Magnon skull from the
Bichon cave, Roman and Merovingian artifacts,
and Celtic tools and arms from the La Tène
site. More recent artifacts on display include red roof tiles
dating from the 1800's back to the 1400's.