From Angeln to EnglandThe Thorsberger Moor
Discover the Angeln History
The Thorsberger Moor was used as a sacrificial site between the first and fifth century AD. As the name infers, those sacrifices were offered to the Germanic god Thor to put Thor in a positive mood. Members of a West Germanic tribe offered weapons, such as spears, swords, shields and even jewellery.
Apart from other objects, a couple of palm-sized gilded copper discs which, because of their valuable ornaments, count as the most important prehistoric finds of Schleswig-Holstein. Roman helmets, coins and rune-lettered objects were also found here. Many objects seemed to be of Roman origin and are believed to have been captured during armed conflicts and then sacrificed later.
Especially organic material was perfectly preserved in the moor over the centuries, whereas objects made of iron were almost completely destroyed. Today, the Thorsberger Moor in Süderbrarup belongs to the most important historical archaeological sites for this time period in Northern Europe.
Once every two years, during the summer months, the Thorsberger Festspiele (a festival performance) takes place at the Thorsberger Moor.
It portrays the migration of the Angles (the inhabitants of Angeln) towards Angeland or England as it is called today where they built their new home. The nature around the Thorsberger Moor is also very interesting. The former moor area has become a large forest.