Archaeology in the Weinviertel

From mountains to monarchs: archaeology in the Weinviertel region has exciting tales to tell of ages past.

A mass grave from the Neolithic period, a ruler’s grave from the Iron Age, a royal residence from Late Antiquity and much more besides: the ground in the Weinviertel contains fascinating stories of war, power and culture.

Beneath the idyllic landscape of the Weinviertel is a wealth of archaeological traces that bear witness to a varied and sometimes dramatic history. Traces of a battle fought 7,000 years ago were discovered during excavations in Schletz. Around 1000 BC, a mighty castle stood on the hills above Stillfried an der March, whose rulers controlled trade along the Amber Road. Around 300 BC, there was a large Celtic town with a number of shrines on the Sandberg near Roseldorf, where macabre sacrificial rituals took place. Large parts of the Weinviertel were ruled by a Germanic king who, having signed a contract with the Romans, resided on the Oberleiserberg in the fourth century AD.