Destination: Dunsan Prehistoric Site (Daejeon)

A dugout hut from the Bronze Age.

Although a fairly minor - and entirely recreated - tourist attraction, Dunsan Prehistoric Site (둔산선사유적지) is still mildly entertaining if you're in the area. The site was first investigated in 1991 by the Chungnam National University Museum, where they found quartz scraping tools from the Old Stone Age and at least 15 housing sites from the New Stone Age (3000-2500 BC). The ancient relics are no longer found here, but can presumably be found at the National History Museum of Chungnam National University. Their website is over here, if seeing the relics is more interesting than the reproductions.

A look inside the first hut seen - lights hopefully came on as your approached the hut, although a wooden gate prevented you from going in.

A somewhat larger hut, measuring 7.3 meters by 4.2 meters. The sign describes where they found various artifacts within the housing site - storage crockery to the west, earthenware, wooden tableware, and pieces of arrowheads and stone axes were also found here.

The people posed in another hut as well, although thye one guy doesn't look so happy.

After exactly 4 huts, we're done - the rest of the area serves as a park and /or protector of anything else left in the ground. We're left to wonder what happened to the original artifacts, and whether the actual building sites were actually on this site. In less than a half hour we were on our way out the gate. Yes, it's mildly interesting and somewhat pretty, but this is one place that isn't worth going out of your way to see or find.

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Directions to Dunsan Prehistoric Site: Take the Daejeon subway system to the Galma station. Take exit 4 to street level, then walk straight for about 600 meters. Turn left at Daedeokdae-ro (a major street), then walk another 200 meters. Cross the road, then look left for the site and entrance. Free admission, open 24 hours a day.

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