Baden-Württemberg: Archaeologists find late medieval glass

In the 16th century there was a flood catastrophe in the Kinzig valley like in the Ahr valley.

Baden-Württemberg: Archaeologists find late medieval glass

In the 16th century there was a flood catastrophe in the Kinzig valley like in the Ahr valley. A building that probably fell victim to the floods of the time is now causing a surprise.

Ortenberg (dpa / lsw) - Archaeologists have recovered drinking glasses and other objects from the late Middle Ages on a large new building area in Ortenau. "The glass find is rare and extraordinary," said Bertram Jenisch from the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments in Baden-Württemberg on Thursday in Ortenberg (Ortenaukreis).

The drinking glasses have already reached the central restoration laboratory in Esslingen, said Jenisch. The excavations initially focused on the remains of an administration building from the 16th/17th centuries. Century. The experts then surprisingly found the foundations of a late medieval building under alluvial layers. This building was probably destroyed by a flood disaster in the Kinzig valley in the 16th century, said Jenisch.

Jenisch presented the remains of a ceramic vase from the 17th century - in his estimation the container with the inside glaze as a mousetrap. Grain used to be stored in the office building.

The late medieval buildings were probably erected or expanded during the reign of Count Wilhelm von Fürstenberg (1504 to 1549), the Stuttgart regional council reported. Devastating flood events for the Kinzig valley have been reported for the period between 1560 and 1580. The Middle Ages usually refer to the epoch from the year 500 to around 1500.

Archaeological work is being documented and is expected to be completed by the end of the month. There are no plans to preserve the remains at their original location. 21 apartments are planned in the new building.

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