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Stillfried

Stillfried an der March in the Weinviertel wine-growing region of Lower Austria is one of the most important archaeological sites in Austria and, along with Zagersdorf in Burgenland, is considered the oldest wine-growing site not only in this country but also in Central Europe. It was already settled by humans 30,000 years ago. Stillfried was an important settlement and fortress on the Amber Road, the huge ramparts from the Bronze Age still bear witness to the former importance of the village. In the museum of Stillfried some of the most important finds are shown. Among them is the so-called "Stillfried cup", which was found in the 19th century. The bronze bowl was probably used as a ladle and drinking vessel in a wine set. The museum also has grape seeds which can be clearly assigned to the Vitis vinifera grapevine and are dated around 900 BC. At that time the Celts settled in this area.

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