The prince’s grave in Thomm

If you drive towards Trier on the B2 from Neuhaus, you will see a mound in the middle of a field on the right-hand side, just after the peel-off to Thomm. This mound, known in the vernacular as "Thommer Hübel", is home to an ancient prince’s grave. Even today, it measures approx. 25 m in diameter and 2.50 m in height, although it would have originally been much taller. One of the last Prince-electors is said to have performed excavations and made valuable discoveries here. The grave was systematically dug up by the Trier State Museum in 1939, and it was found that the burial chamber had been destroyed and robbed. However, some interesting discoveries were still made, such as the remnants of an Etruscan beak-spouted ewer and fragments of two bronze bowls. These pieces of burial furniture are characteristic of early-Celtic princes’ graves. This mound, called a tumulus in Latin, probably gave Thomm its name.

The notion that the plateau on which the villages of Thomm and Osburg now stand was settled even in early times is proven by the numerous clusters of grave mounds found between Osburg and the B 52, but which today have been largely destroyed and ploughed over. Of the more than 100 grave mounds, 44 were excavated by the Trier State Museum around the turn of the century. The findings from these excavations showed that people were interred in this Osburg burial ground throughout the entire era of the so-called Hunsrück-Eifel culture, i.e. from the 6th to the 3rd century BC.

The richly decorated ceramic pots unearthed here can be viewed in the Trier State Museum.

Öffnungszeiten: freely accessible

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