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Ringskopf with the Celtic walled grounds

The Celtic walled area on Ringskopf (650 m, today called Ringkopf) was built around 200 BC in the Latène Age (named after La Tène near the Lake of Neuchatel in Switzerland, where important finds have been made). The structure was up to 10 m deep and 2 m high, and supposedly served solely as a refuge for the people living in the area from the Celtic tribe of Treverians. This is in contrast to the much larger, better fortified fortresses that were inhabited year round, like the ones found in Otzenhausen, Bundenbach or on Donnersberg mountain in Pfalz, where small settlements formed behind the ramparts around the castle of the local ruler. Similar refuges are found, for example, on Alteburg mountain in Soonwald and on top of Wildenburger Kopf mountain near Kempfeld. Both the walled area on Ringskopf and the one on the top of Wildenburger Kopf mountain lie on the crest of Wildenburg Ridge only a few kilometers apart, separated by the deep incision of Idarbach creek, which cuts through the mountain ridge between Kirschweiler and Katzenloch.

Photo: The Celtic walled area on the Ringskopf mountain (650m, today called "Ringkopf") near Allenbach in the Idarwald Forest was built around 200 BC and was up to 10m wide and 2m high. The complex probably served as a refuge for the population living in the surrounding area.

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Celtic walled area on the Ringskopf (650m) near Allenbach («Idarwald» Forest)
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