Archeological excavations: The cathedral – a treasure chest

Already since August 2009 archeologists determine the area, unfragment the cathedral's history by crocks, mortar, bones and old stones. The area has proved as a real treasure chest: In St. Anthony's the scientists found remains of the Carolingian wall, in the cathedral wallremains of the first St. Mary's church, which ist supposed to be built by Louis the Pious. Therewith you can assume, that the cathedral was founded by him.

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A bellplant from the 18th century: The shape
of the melttrough is good to be seen.
The liquid bronze was piped from there into
the bellmould. Picture: Bernward media

In front of St. Anthony's on the „Huckedahl“ the archeologists discovered a further wallremnant: the foundation of Bernward's wall, which was built by bishop Bernward. It is located just 30 centimetres under the footpath. In the case of the searching the scientists found graves on every occasion. Partly there are bones and fabric remnants, shoes and medieval floorornaments preserved. At their excavations the archeologists discovered shards from the Roman Iron Age. So it is proved, that the cathedral neighbourhood was settled at this time. Beyond that they discovered medieval writing instruments and roof tiles from the time of bishop Bernward and also a bellplant from the 18th century.

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