Celts, Romans, Franconians - and nowadays we
The two decades from 1950 to 1970, in which the visitors are able to look back in the Moselland museum, are only a tiny moment in the history of the river Moselle and the Moselle county.
Today's inhabitants are the descendants of Franconians who immigrated around 1,5000 years ago and converted to Christianity and maybe of some Romans and Celts who somehow survived the capture of the country by the Franconians.
The discovery of America by Christoph Columbus and thus the beginning of the so called 'Modern Era' was over 500 years ago. The modern era is not new or modern any more and before that 1000 years of Franconian middle age which is responsible for many of the eldest churches at the river Moselle. The second eldest is here in Ernst at the river Moselle. It was built on top of the Pagan sanctuaries of the Celtic Treverians that had been living here since the beginning of the Iron Age (8th century BC). 500 years of Roman occupation of the old Celtic Treverian-country brought the wine to the river Moselle and is still very important for this region.
Before the Celtic immigrants from the Iron Age there were people in the Bronze Age and before that other advanced cultures with agriculture, animal husbandry, arts and crafts, long-distance trade, shipping and everything related to it, including politics, war and peace: The Megalith-culture, the Bell Beaker-culture, the Band Ceramics-culture, the Corded Ware-culture.
All of these people were at home at the river Moselle and are a part of its past. Every era was a current awareness of the people at the Moselle and are now gone, every one had its own wonderful and unique time. There is only one difference: They did not have such beautiful tractors and could not drive through the vineyards with 18 kph. The associated feeling of freedom and adventure was not known back then. It became reality as recently as the second half of the 20th century.
The Moselland museum would like to participate in keeping the memories of that long-passed time for the next generations.