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Old May 15th, 2016, 11:39 AM   #1
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Germanic tribe of the Thuringii


I´m from Thüringen, the central state of germany and as you may see our state has the name from our ancestors the Thuringii.

I would really like to know if some here can asnwer my questions or are into the topic.

Not much is known about their origin. Some speculate that they are identical with a tribe the romans called Hermanduri and that the name Thuringii comes from that "-duri".

They established their own kingdom which was quite large:

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It later fell under the frankish empire. Christianisation happedn quite late around 800 ac.

The leaders of the Thuringii were not as land based as others and farmers were mostly free.

I think about doing some reenactment regarding this and would like if some could help me here or give me some infos regarding this.

Any info is welcome but even more so about clothes and style.
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The hermunduri seem to have lived there. But they do appear in the later Roman Imperial Age north of the Danube. At least for the 4th century we have no information about hermunduri in thuringia. The thuringia law let's suppose, that around 400 anglii and warni conquered these area or settled there and established an regnum, which became quite powerful during the 5th century, untill it was defeated in 531 by the Franks.
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Some interesting details can be understood from their burial sites [Deersheim, Gipsersleben, Großörner, Stössen and Weimar]. The distinguishing aspect is that they buried a lot of horses [and some dogs] with their warriors and lords. Something characteristic was also the usage of an arched fibula with bird heads on.

So, in my opinion, in a reenactment, that fibula should be present.
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Some interesting details can be understood from their burial sites [Deersheim, Gipsersleben, Großörner, Stössen and Weimar]. The distinguishing aspect is that they buried a lot of horses [and some dogs] with their warriors and lords. Something characteristic was also the usage of an arched fibula with bird heads on.

So, in my opinion, in a reenactment, that fibula should be present.
Gispersleben is just 20km away from me.

The village i live in is very old. At least 1300 years but i think its much older. Its build around a spring that constantly runs with warm water even in winter so i assume that was quite attractive for settlement.

I know i´m just a studend and have not much knowledge about this but i would be interested if i would be able to find things here around my home.
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Kriechau belongs to this group, too and one can as well mention the older Haßleben-Leuna group.
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Kriechau belongs to this group, too and one can as well mention the older Haßleben-Leuna group.
You know about anything around Gotha?
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You know about anything around Gotha?
concerning the early medieval and and late ancient era there are Boilstädt (6th century), Dachwig (7th/8th century), Wechmar (2nd/3rd century)
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concerning the early medieval and and late ancient era there are Boilstädt (6th century), Dachwig (7th/8th century), Wechmar (2nd/3rd century)
Thats exactly what i mean. All those are 15km west from me.

My area looks perfect for settlement (Goldbach, Friedrichswerth, Haina and Sonneborn) yet nothing is known so far. Our villages are all around 1300 years old but i assume they are much older than their first mentioning.
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Thats exactly what i mean. All those are 15km west from me.

My area looks perfect for settlement (Goldbach, Friedrichswerth, Haina and Sonneborn) yet nothing is known so far. Our villages are all around 1300 years old but i assume they are much older than their first mentioning.
That is probable. My village celebrated it's 1150th birthday in 2006. but there are human relicts in our village, which go back to the Mesolithic era.
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That is probable. My village celebrated it's 1150th birthday in 2006. but there are human relicts in our village, which go back to the Mesolithic era.
Same here. we have a hill nearby where they found neolithic stone fragments used as tools and arrows. We have a hot spring here that constantly delivers warm water and doesnt freeze at winter so i assume that is a magnet for settlement.

Also the soil is very fertile and since its a valley sorounded by hills you have a nice overview around the landscape. Sure there were more forests back then but i assume also unforrested areas.

Thing is that no real investigations are done here so evrything i know depends on some fragments i´ve seen in the Museum in Gotha. I´m sure there must be tombs or other things that could be found.
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