Homeland Moselle - Celts, Romans, Franconia and to the modern time
The two decades from 1950 to 1970, in which visitors to the Moselland Museum can look back as if through a small window of time, are only a tiny moment in the history of the Moselle and the Moselle region.
Today's inhabitants are descendants of the Franconians who immigrated 1,500 years ago and have just been Christianized, and perhaps a few Romans and Celts who somehow survived the Franconian conquest of the country during the migration period.
The beginning of the so-called modern era with the official discovery of America by Christopher Columbus is now more than 500 years ago. The modern age is not so new anymore. Before that, 1000 years of the Franconian Middle Ages, from which many of the oldest churches on the Moselle originate. The second oldest is here in Ernst on the Moselle. They were built on the ancient pagan sanctuaries of the Celtic Treveri, who had been living here since the beginning of the Iron Age (8th century BC). 500 years of Roman occupation of the old Celtic Trever region brought viticulture to the Moselle, from which this region still lives today.
Before the immigration of the Iron Age Celts, Bronze Age burial mounds and urn fields culture, before this Bronze Age population highly developed Neolithic cultures, with agriculture, cattle breeding, handicrafts, long-distance trade, shipping and everything that goes with it, including politics, war and peace: The megalithic culture, the bell cup culture, the band ceramic culture, the cord ceramic culture.
All of these people were at home on the Moselle and are part of their past. Each of these epochs was once the present consciousness of people who lived in the Moselle region and have disappeared today, each a unique and wonderful time in its own way. With one small difference: they didn't have such nice tractors on which they could roam through the vineyards at 18 kilometers per hour. The unprecedented feeling of freedom and adventure they had never seen before. This only became possible from the second half of the "good old days" of the 20th century.
In its own way, the Moselland Museum also wants to contribute to hopefully not being forgotten so quickly in the coming generations.