The research projects and theses of the Department of Prehistoric Archaeology are mostly, but not exclusively, anchored in Switzerland as well as in Central and Southeastern Europe. The current focus is on prehistoric lake shore settlements and the archaeology of the Alpine region (human exploitation of the alpine landscape, ice archaeology). The projects deal mainly with the Neolithic and Bronze Age period. Burial archaeology is another research interest of the Department. Interdisciplinary teamwork with other institutions forms an integral part of the research endeavours.