In Fürth, Germany, during construction work, remains of an early modern trade route were discovered. Scientists are already exploring the path and have found numerous artifacts.
In November 2023, a group of construction workers in Fürth stumbled upon an archaeological find that would rewrite the history books. While renovating a street in the Burgfarrnbach area, they discovered the remains of a centuries-old boardwalk beneath the surface, writes Arkeonews.
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The Bavarian State Office for the Protection of Monuments is now overseeing the excavation of this ancient route that once connected Nuremberg and Frankfurt. Archaeologists are examining wooden planks that once reinforced the road, hoping that each piece will provide more clues about the past.
A common problem in archeology is that the rapid pace of modern development often obscures or destroys historical remains. However, in this case, the construction work opened a window into the past.
Historical records dating back to 1592 mention this place, identifying it as an important trade route between Nuremberg and Frankfurt. Residents were required to maintain and repair the path, which demonstrates its importance. Dendrochronological dating of pine planks from the excavations showed that they were felled in 1773.
An important part of Fürth’s history appears in the chronicles of 1790, when a solemn procession carrying valuable imperial jewels passed through Burgfarrnbach. This event indicates that by that time the wooden plank road had turned into a paved road, similar to the one in Berlin.
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In addition to the road itself, buttons, horseshoes and even a silver coin from the early modern period were found. Conservation efforts aim to protect a particularly well-preserved section of the road for further research and public display.
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