Vicus Wareswald in Tholey
In the first century AD, an important Gallo-Roman settlement developed at the crossing point of the Roman roads leading from Metz to Mainz and from Trier to Strasbourg. Situated at the foot of the Schaumberg mountain, the settlement reached its greatest extent in the heyday of the 2nd century when it covered around 20 ha. A long-lasting period of repeated pillaging by Germanic tribes was largely responsible for the end of the settlement in the Wareswald. Around 400 AD, the vicus was abandoned and gradually fell into decay. Since 2001, the ancient settlement of the Wareswald is being archaeologically investigated by the TERREX GmbH. During the process, significant pieces such as coins, jewelry, high-quality pottery and bronze statues were found. Furthermore, an under-floor heating system as well as numerous remains of bath complexes and intricate murals surfaced, bearing witness to the elevated living standards of the population of that time. Anyone who doesn't merely want to marvel at the rooms and findings re-emerging from the ground, but would like to energetically contribute, has the opportunity to actively take part in the excavations.