Hermann-Mohn-Trail

 

 

An essential part of Archäopark Vogelherd is the circular trail, which you can explore in the outdoor area. There is much to discover. You will find questions concerning the Ice Age that you can contemplate about in tranquility. Answers and food for thought can be found on your way. Sounds, smells, tracks, and scats of Ice Age animals – check your knowledge.

 

Mohn – the discoverer of the Vogelherd Cave.

An accidental discovery was made by the Reichsbahn superintendent and local historian Hermann Mohn from Heidenheim on a day in May 1931. He followed the trail of a badger as he discovered the hitherto unknown cave of Vogelherd. In the backdirt of the badger’s den, he found Stone Age tools, which the badger had transported to the surface.

Hermann Mohn then informed the prehistorian Gustav Riek from Tübingen about his discovery. Riek decided to do research in the Lone Valley and began field work at Vogelherd Cave in July 1931. After being convinced by the first finds, he started large-scale excavations at the Vogelherd in the same year.

The “Vogelherd-Horse” found by Gustav Riek is described in archaeological circles as a masterpiece. Through this and many other figurines made from mammoth ivory, belonging to the oldest artworks in human history with an age of approx. 40,000 years, the Vogelherd Cave became world famous.