Großwangen (dpa/sa) - Archaeologists have discovered an approximately 1100-year-old free-standing mortar wall during excavations on the site of the medieval Altenburg near Großwangen not far from Nebra (Burgenlandkreis). The building from the Ottonian period has been preserved in the forest floor over a length of over 900 meters and up to 2.3 meters wide and 1.6 meters high. "The wall, originally around three to five meters high, was an enormous achievement," said state archaeologist Harald Meller on Friday.
"The excavation results presented today already make it clear that the Altenburg is another site in Saxony-Anhalt that was of outstanding importance for the Ottonians," said Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) during his visit to the site. "This once again underlines the key role of our region in the history of Europe."