Döttenbichl

Various weapons found at Döttenbichl are dated to the time of the Celts and Romans. At these times, people had already been living in the Alpine region for around 10,000 years.

Description

The majority of over 700 metal objects which were excavated at the so-called Döttenbichl, beneath the Kofel at Oberammergau in the years 1992-97 originate from the time when the Romans occupied the Alps and their northern foothills militarily under Emperor Augustus in the year 15 BC.

These findings can be attributed to two differences cultures circles. On the one hand, there were Celtic garb brooches, iron keys and tools predominantly agricultural character. They may be seen as gifts of a small fire sacrifice place that was on the Döttenbichl. On the other hand, there are coins, three daggers (one was found in 1901), over 300 arrowheads and shoe nails from Roman soldiers. Three catapult arrowheads bear the stamp of the 19th Legion, who was beaten 9 AD annihilated in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest and never re-erected. Presumably, in the years before campaign across the Alps this legion was already embroiled in battle with local Celts of the Ammer Valley. In the following centuries the area was then part of the Roman province with its capital Rhaetia Augsburg today.

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