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Localizing the Historically Documented Saxon Castle Hocseburg, Middle Germany – An Integrated Case Study

Christian Schweitzer et Ralf Schwarz
p. 119-122

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– Localization of the early medieval Saxon castle Hocseburg documented in written sources.

– New insight in the early medieval development of the town Seehausen, Middle Germany.

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Introduction
The historical significance of Hocseburg castle
Investigation of the site
Is this the location of Hocseburg castle?
Development of the village of Seehausen and the decline of the castle

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Introduction

One of the unsolved questions of medieval archaeology in Central Germany is the location of the Saxon castle of Hocseburg (Fig. 1), which is mentioned in the Annales Regnis Francorum (Annales, Internet 1). The hypothetical identification of the castle with the site of Seeburg on Lake Süßer See in Saxony-Anhalt (Grimm, 1958; Steuer, 2000, Internet 1), as well as the recently suggested alternative location at the Hünenburg near Watenstedt in Lower Saxony (Internet 2), fail to meet the conditions set down by information from the written sources. A better match is presented by a site rediscovered by aerial reconnaissance on the western side of Lake Seehausen in Saxony-Anhalt. This site has now been investigated, applying geomagnetics, aerial photography and Lidar-data, in an effort to confirm the identification.

Figure 1. The Frankish Empire between 481 and 814 with the Hocseburg castle marked in red. Hocseburg was the stronghold of the Saxon Duke Theoderic in the first half ...

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Christian Schweitzer et Ralf Schwarz, « Localizing the Historically Documented Saxon Castle Hocseburg, Middle Germany – An Integrated Case Study »ArcheoSciences, 45-1 | 2021, 119-122.

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Christian Schweitzer et Ralf Schwarz, « Localizing the Historically Documented Saxon Castle Hocseburg, Middle Germany – An Integrated Case Study »ArcheoSciences [En ligne], 45-1 | 2021, mis en ligne le 16 août 2021, consulté le 27 septembre 2021. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/archeosciences/8943 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/archeosciences.8943

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Christian Schweitzer

Schweitzer-GPI, Roggenschlag 6, 30938 Burgwedel, Germany

Ralf Schwarz

Corresponding author, State Office for Monument Preservation and Archeology of Saxony-Anhalt,Richard-Wagner-Straße 9, 06114 Halle (Saale), Germany

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Article L.111-1 du Code de la propriété intellectuelle.

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