Vicus Wareswald

Tholey, Germany

Near Tholey, an important Gallo-Roman settlement of Vicus Wareswaldwas established in the 1st century AD at the intersection of the two important Roman roads from Metz to Mainz and from Trier to Strasbourg. The settlement at the foot of Mount Schaumberg was approximately one kilometre long. The economic crisis, which began in the 3rd century and lasted for a long time, as well as plundering campaigns by Germanic tribes were mainly responsible for the demise of settlement in the Wareswald. The Vicus was abandoned as early as in 400 AD and gradually decayed.

Significant items, such as coins, jewellery, fine ceramics and bronze statues have already been found during the excavations. Even existence of underfloor heating and bath rooms is evident. The remains of a Gallo-Roman temple have been completely excavated and can now be visited. The prosperity of some families of the settlement is also evident in their monumental tombs, which had been built along the ancient street. A visualisation of the approximately 12-metre-high arrow tomb can be viewed on site.

However, those who would like to take part in the excavations and not just marvel at the rooms and the finds that have re-emerged, also have the chance to become actively involved.



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Tholey, Germany
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Founded: 1st century AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Germany
Historical period: Germanic Tribes (Germany)

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Vicky Cro. (11 months ago)
Prepared with a lot of effort. Excavations will probably continue for a long time, worth seeing if you are in the area and interested in something like that.
Nanuuk Röhr (14 months ago)
A nice and informative place.. It is worth stopping here briefly and paying attention to the excavations. I like to use the place for a little break... Here, too, it is of course always important to ensure that you leave the place as clean as you would like to find it.. ?
Kerstin S (2 years ago)
At first we thought it was just a small site but if you discover and explore the small hidden path you will come across another smaller site that is still being excavated. A little further on is a large and interesting excavation. If you walk back on the road to the parking lot, you will be surprised with another excavation!
Daniela Schulze (2 years ago)
When we got there they were digging! Sooo interesting! We also had a great conversation with the head of the excavation, very very interesting! We recommend !!!!!
Julia Erz (5 years ago)
A very nice place, somewhat in the woods. Archaeological excavations are slow but it is still interesting to go visit if your a fan of Roman civilization. A good amount of informative signs throughout the area. Would recommend it to somehow who has an interest in this sort of stuff!
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