Iron Age and Roman Empire
800 BC - 375 AD
The reconstructed part of the wall is a defense system from the pre-roman Iron Age (250 BC) and shows how the wall might have looked like at the nearby Tönsberg in Oerlinghausen.
The Tönsberg is one of the most important pre- and early historic hilltop settlements in northern Germany.
From this strategic point of the Tönsberg you have a good overview of the Lipper country and the Senne. According to the estimates of the excavators the size of the fort was approximately 7 hectares and an estimated 10,000 linear meters of standing timber was used to secure the fortification. In addition there was about 2000m³ of earth moved during construction; such substantial defensive walls were found to be very effective.
The reconstructed walls in our Museum are made of wood and veneered with a dry stone wall which is made by placing stones on one another without mortar. The complex combination of wood constructions, ground filling, stone equipping resulted in a so-called post-slot-wall.
A trip to the Tönsberg is worth it
You can still recognize the collapsed remains of this monumental building in the landscape which marks the importance of the area and time.