Lauresham Open-Air Laboratory
The Lauresham Experimental Archaeological Open-Air Laboratory is a 1:1 model of a Carolingian manor house (curtis dominica) from around 800. This ideal (re)construction of a large early medieval farmstead was built from 2012 onwards on an area of 4.1 hectares and consists of various farm, residential, storage and stable buildings as well as a chapel.
At a glance
Settlement Archaeology as a Scientific Foundation
The scientific basis for the structure, arrangement and materiality of these buildings is provided by current findings in settlement archaeology. This sub-discipline methodically researches the relationship between settlements and landscapes.
The ensemble is located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey, which was redesigned and greatly expanded in 2014. Group tours of the complex topic of landlordship are offered to visitors.
Landlordism as a Form of Life and Economy
It is fundamental for understanding early medieval social structures. Lauresham therefore also fulfils the special task of helping us to better understand Lorsch Abbey, which is now largely destroyed.
Lauresham is also a forum for ongoing experimental archaeological research. Here, various craft and agricultural working techniques of the early Middle Ages are tested and researched during ongoing operations.
Close to the Early Middle Ages
This concerns on the one hand the construction and use of buildings, and on the other hand the various agricultural areas – meadows, fields and gardens – and the keeping of farm animals, which come close to the medieval appearance. This creates a vivid picture of the working and everyday life of people in the early Middle Ages.