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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it’s something in the middle of the woods or a field — and since the Google Satellite images seem to be significantly out of date, I often can’t tell whether something will be there or not when I show up.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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And now for something a bit different. Not completely different; it’s still a church. But it’s a late 19th century Lutheran church, the only one still preserved in central Munich.

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It’s Palm Sunday! And Holy Week kicks off, my favorite week in the whole year. During the Triduum (Holy Thursday evening to Easter Sunday), I have been known to spend upwards of ten hours in church services. Yep. And I love it! I’ll try and explain a little of what goes on, for those of you who haven’t been to Catholic (or Anglican, or Lutheran?) services during Holy Week.

This morning I went to church at Alter Peter in the center of Munich, which is the church I attend most regularly here. For big feasts I also like to go to the Frauenkirche, the Archbishop’s church, and I’ll probably end up going there for a few services during Holy Week, where I’ll take pictures if I can remember to…

We started outside the church, surrounding a figure of Christ mounted on the donkey. Palm Sunday is when Christians celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, and even the least liturgically inclined of churches (like my childhood church, which I love very much) can’t resist that image of children singing and processing down the aisles with palm fronds.

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… a quick overview of six little churches I visited in the suburban outskirts of Munich.

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Last Saturday (look how prompt I am! this post is not even a week old!) I took the afternoon to ride to a little village not too far away so I could find MORE CELTIC RING FORTS. (Or whatever I should be calling them — in German they are Viereckenschanze or Keltenschanze, referring to the fact that they are raised earthworks which are rectangular in shape and/or were made by Celts. See how that works?) Here is a link to the Wikipedia article, if you want to hazard Google Translate (or, I guess, if you read German).

You might remember that I visited one a couple of weeks ago when I explored the Roman roads — but that site had been excavated and studied, and was set up like a (modest) tourist or cultural site. This time I found one that was just out in the woods and has never, apparently, been closely studied. Then I came home and realized that there is a second enclosure in the same part of the woods, which I wasn’t aware of and so didn’t look for — AND there are also some remains of an old castle or fortified watchtower, further up in the woods. So I’ll definitely have to go back another time and find those, although it’s hard to locate them exactly on the map. (more…)

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It has been snowy and cold here for at least a few weeks, making my afternoon and evening walks more picturesque and much colder. This morning when I went to church, it was -16 Celsius, or 3.2 Fahrenheit. Last night, it was 1 Fahrenheit. Cold.

St Martin’s, the church down the street from my house. This was a couple of weeks ago and we have more snow now. (more…)

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