Are you interested in archaeology and historical craftsmanship? Then this is the camp for you. You can participate in setting up the archaeological open-air museum “Zeiteninsel” (Times Island). Numerous settlement remains from all prehistoric cultural periods have been discovered in the Lahn valley near to the Niederweimar and Argenstein areas. The extensive archaeological evidence proves that there has been a constant settlement in the region for millennia. The first archaeological open-air museum on the history of settlements in the region of Hessen is being set up here in order to display the rich archaeological discoveries. There will be 5 stations on the grounds of the museum, each dedicated to a certain cultural time period with the associated buildings, farmland and natural vegetation. You will aid the completion of a Germanic residential stable and barn from the early Roman Empire (around the birth of Jesus Christ). It is likely that a large family or clan lived in this type of house, almost 30m in length and around 7m in width, together with their animals. With professional guidance from a team on-site, you will learn how to make walls out of wooden wicker and then plaster them with clay. There could also be an opportunity for you to try out old techniques such as grinding corn, lighting a fire (without tools), archery, bronze casting etc.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
You will be staying in a local youth centre in Wolfshausen. The group will prepare and cook meals together.
Locatie en vrije tijd
You will be staying in Wolfhausen, a district of Weimar (Lahn). It is very rural, but there is a train station in Niederweimar from which you can reach the university town of Marburg, with its numerous attractions, in just 7 minutes. Besides this, major cities such as Frankfurt and Kassel are also very easily reachable by train. If you haven't had your fill of archaeology after working, you could also visit the “Römerkastell Saalburg” archaeological open-air museum near to Frankfurt.
The work involved could sometimes be physically demanding. This camp is designed for participants who are interested in archaeology and historical craftsmanship.
There is an additional administration fee of 50 € for participants who are not from Germany.