Archäologisches Freilichtmuseum Gross Raden (DE)

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It was not until the end of WWII, when archaeologists and historians got more attention to the Slavonic past of this part of Europe. Mecklenburg was at that time part of East Germany and near the Sternberg, professor Schuldt unearthed wooden structures dating to the 9th and 10th century AD which included parts of a wooden fortress and temple area.

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What followed was the establishment of one of the few East German archaeological open air museums, which opened its doors in 1987.

Thanks to the great conservation (wet land), there was that much information available that many details could easily be explained and copied into the new buildings and their artefacts. Several dwellings, bridges and towers were built. The piece of resistance is the Slavonic Temple which houses a permanent exhibition on Slavonic religion. But that is not all – there is also a circular fortress emanating above all other buildings.

At the nearby fields, crops are grown similar to the old ones and animals are bred, like for example old races of sheep. The open air museum hosts several events over Summer.

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