25 years of archaeology in Kalkriese
The history of archaeology in Kalkriese begins in the year 1987 when the enthusiastic amateur archaeologist Tony Clunn found Roman coins. In 1988 he found three catapult lead-stones. In coordination with the archaeologist in charge of the town and the Rural District Osnabrück – Mr Wolfgang Schlüter – more successful finds were made until 1989. Then, systematic excavations began in the land parcel called »Oberesch«. A. S. Clunn.
It soon became evident that the place of discovery was not only in the open field, but also in the nearby forest. There was a spectacular find in 1990. It was a 15 m (49.2 ft) wide and about 40 cm (16 inch) high discolouration in the ground. This turned out to be the remains of a rampart which previously could not be seen from above the surface. Consequently, more work was done at this place. The rampart had apparently been built with sod. There were drainage ditches on its southern side. Under the collapsed debris of the rampart were Roman coins and fragments of military equipment which proved that it dated from the time of Augustus.