The Lauresham open-air laboratory is located in the heart of the Lorsch Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was redesigned in 2014 and greatly expanded. The complex topic of manorialism, an important part of early medieval social structure, is being explained on the accessible 1:1 model covering an area of 4.1 hectares. This happens by means of an ideal-typical central yard of the 8/9th century. Additionally, Lauresham also represents a forum of experimental archaeological research for testing different mechanic and agricultural work techniques.
Based on recent research results in settlement archaeology a team of experienced craftsmen established a building ensemble under supervision of academic bodies like the Institute for Archaeology at the University of Hamburg. This includes living and economic buildings, barns, and magazines as well as a chapel. In addition to these there are different kinds of economic useful areas – meadows, fields, and gardens – and the keeping of livestock as an approach to its medieval conspecifics.
The opening of this 'lab' took place on September 14th, 2014. Regular operation has started in spring 2015.
Please be aware: No dogs on this site! A special cage for your dog is available.