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Traces of the past
A Thing or Ding once was a moot hill historically used as an assembly or meeting place after the old Germanic law. The place of such gatherings was called Thingplatz and was usually set on a hill or beneath a tree in the open air.
In Gulde, you can find such a place called Guly-Thing. The word Guly is the old name of the Gulde village where the original Thingplatz was erected. The new Thingplatz was reconstructed by the community in 2003 apart from the historical site it has its origin in the third century AD and consists of a boulder stone circle.
The Thing was a place to hold political consultations and trials, but it was also used for cultural purposes. It took place under the chairmanship of the king or the clan chief and whoever absconded from the Thing could be arrested (in German dingfest). The word dingfest was created in that time period and is still used today. That's living history at its best.
Guly Thing today
Discover and experience traces of the past
If you visit this historically exciting place today, you may not appreciate its significance right away as only the background knowledge of what happened here in the past makes your visit a fascinating one. Today, the visitor finds a round stone circle place. In 1980, behind today's Thingplatz, an urn burial was discovered dating back to the third and fourth century AD. During archaeological diggings, many large stones were found indicating a long barrow possibly one of an elder. These stones were used in 2005 to reconstruct the dolmen. Also worth seeing is the reconstruction of a special gravesite which is located within sight of the Thingplatz 600 metres in the southwest direction. In 1820, a runestone with burial objects was found here between two stone alignments. All these discoveries give you an exciting hint of what life and living together must have been like back then. Make sure to pay the Thingplatz a visit.