Archaeology in Saxony-Anhalt

The state of Saxony-Anhalt is one of the most monument-rich states of the Federal Republic and has an exceptionally large stock of archaeological monuments from all eras of human history. In addition to the well-known Sky Paths stations of Goseck, Langeneichstädt, Nebra, and Pömmelte, a further estimated 100,000 archaeological monuments form a unique cultural landscape that needs to be preserved and protected.

The State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology, which also includes the State Museum of Prehistory, is the central institution for Saxony-Anhalt’s outstanding architectural and archaeological heritage. Its main tasks lie in the preservation and protection, but also in the scientific documentation and recording of the Saxon-Anhaltinian heritage substance, which includes not only the archaeological monuments, but also about 29,000 impressive architectural monuments and 23,000 protected monument areas. Important landmarks such as the five World Heritage sites or the numerous places along the Romanesque Road number among them. The archaeological landscape, in addition to the Sky Paths places, features for example also numerous megalithic tombs in the Altmark. They all bear witness to the millennia-old cultural wealth of the regions of this state.