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My local history research continues apace, but it was blown out of the water last [week] when I (FINALLY) discovered the interactive aerial satellite map that marks and describes all the archaeological sites in Bavaria. It’s called the BayernViewer-Denkmal.

It doesn’t contain very much specific information, though, and as I was reminded [the day I started writing this post], it lists everything (I think) that has ever been logged — not which sites are visible today. This is obvious when it comes to graves or settlements paved and built over with street grids and new houses. But not so obvious when it’s something in the middle of the woods or a field — and since the Google Satellite images seem to be significantly out of date, I often can’t tell whether something will be there or not when I show up. Theoretically, that is okay; it’s exciting just to be in a place where I know something was once upon a time. But in practice, when you’ve walked a couple miles out into a field and you find nothing, and aren’t sure if you are in the wrong place or just aren’t seeing something or whether there’s nothing left to see, and then have to turn around and walk back — it’s a bit deflating. That’s what happened to me [the day I started writing this post] — and then I got lost in the woods because of my dumb map — so to cheer myself up I’m going to post about some of my recent successful finds!

So, let’s see. Sometime in the spring I visited another three Keltenschanzen (Celtic ring forts), a different part of the Roman road, and my first ever BARROW MOUNDS or grave mounds with Peter-language-exchange-friend, but in a terrible stroke of unluck (as the Germans would say) I had forgotten to bring my camera that day. So I don’t have pictures of those first mounds — I might go back by myself in the two weeks before I leave, just because those schanzes and the road were more impressive than others that I’ve seen, and I’d like pictures of them. But in the meantime, I finally did my homework and found out (pre-BayernViewer) that I had some in my own backyard: in the woods near Allach, the village just to the north of my own.

Actually, as I mentioned on Facebook, I read through my books and found maps and located where I thought the grave mounds would be, and then as I was leaving the house, I took along the map of Munich that I bought on my first day in Germany. And it was marked: “Grabhügel.” So much for my research skills! And I still got lost, as you’ll see.

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The other weekend I rode the S-Bahn down to Gauting and walked east to Buchenhain, about 11.5 km — 5 or 6 of which was on the exact line of the old Roman road that ran through the area. Here’s the map of my trek: (more…)

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Okay, here comes the one I’ve been putting off: Schloss Blutenburg.

I went last week (or weekend? I forget) and took bunches of pictures. I also bought (for €4) a historical guide that I cannot read, and I have Wikipedia and a website to tell me about things in German, BUT IT’S OKAY, Google Translate is here to make things more confusing. That is to say, this took so long to post because I ended up typing almost the whole guidebook into Google Translate, sometimes phrase by phrase because GT does better that way. I think I’ve spent five or six hours on it already and I haven’t even done most of the chapel yet.

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Okay, here is a post about the neighborhood (and the adjoining ones) I’m living in. It’s called Untermenzing; also featured is Obermenzing and Allach. This past week I’ve gone out a little further and discovered how easy it is to skip from suburban street to old farming fields. The neighborhood is also studded with new and old Catholic parishes. I’m more charmed by these suburbs than perhaps I should be — it’s just that, where I’m from, suburbs didn’t used to be medieval villages…

I tried St Georg Dorfkirche (village church) again on Thursday, when there was supposed to be Mass, so it would be unlocked. But I showed up and nobody else did – I guess they’re still during summer holiday (there are other parishes in the area, so this is not a regularly staffed church). So once again, I was stuck taking pictures of the exterior:

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Okay, now for an update on my explorations…

On Friday, I went walking around the neighborhood here to see what I could find…

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