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Ring Sanctuary Pömmelte

© Copyright by S. Dedow

Description:

The ring shrine is a 4,000 year old cult place on the Elbe.

The ring shrine of Pömmelte was discovered through aerial photographs. Scientists from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments and Archaeology of Saxony-Anhalt examined the site. The ring shrine was completely excavated and reconstructed. The complex structure consists of various wooden palisade rings, pits and ramparts. At the end of the stone age
The ring shrine is a 4,000 year old cult place on the Elbe.

The ring shrine of Pömmelte was discovered through aerial photographs. Scientists from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments and Archaeology of Saxony-Anhalt examined the site. The ring shrine was completely excavated and reconstructed. The complex structure consists of various wooden palisade rings, pits and ramparts. At the end of the Stone Age and the beginning of the Bronze Age the 115 m large complex was used as a central sanctuary. People from the Neolithic and early Bronze Age celebrated seasonal festivals here. The circle ditch, however, also served as a burial and sacrificial site. Sacrificial pits and ritual dumps bear witness to this. Drinking vessels, animal bones, grinding stones, stone axes and parts of human bodies were found. The archaeological finds testify to a living world of rituals and ancestors. In the neighbouring Salzlandmuseum in Schönebeck, original finds from the site are presented. Astronomical aspects also characterize the construction of the sanctuary. The two main entrances to the complex are oriented towards the points of sunrise and sunset of the days between the solstices and the equinoxes. With their orientation the complex marked the seasons, the harvest season as well as New Year's and Feasts of the Dead. The ring shrine was abandoned around 2050 BC. However, the people of the Bronze Age did not simply let the cult site fall into disrepair. In a sacrificial ceremony, all the posts were removed from the earth and burned in a large fire. 
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  • for all weathers
  • for families
  • for individual guests
  • Pets allowed
  • Suitable for seniors
  • for children (any age)
  • German
  • English
  • Cash payment
  • Bank transfer
no entry,
Guiding fee for public and booked guided tours: 3,50 € per person
Bicycle: on the Elbe cycle path
Car: B 246a direction Barby/Pömmelte (follow the signs)
by train: stop Gnadau (2 km on foot)

Where:

Address:

Salzlandkreis - Ring Sanctuary Pömmelte c/o Salzlandmuseum

Pfännerstrasse 41
39218 Schönebeck (Elbe)
Phone: +49 3471 / 684 624410
E-mail: museum@kreis-slk.de
website: http://www.himmelswege.de/

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