A natural monument in an extraordinary landscape bears witness to the traces of past life in the Anrsberg Forest Nature Park. Let yourself be fascinated by the sagas, myths and legends that surround this place.
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The rock massif of the "Hohlen Stein" (hollow stone), washed out by tributaries of the Lörmecke in millions of years of geological history, rises southwest of the village of Kallenhardt in a particularly charming landscape. During excavations in the thirties of the 20th century, finds of human settlement and activities from different development epochs since the last ice age were discovered in the two cave areas.
Here in the Lörmecketal valley, reindeer hunters awaited the spring migration of the reindeer herds that grazed the area at the end of the Ice Age. In spring, the reindeer moved from the lowlands to the higher summer pastures of the Sauerland. At the narrows formed by the Hohle Stein in the Lörmecketal valley, the reindeer hunters were able to quickly capture a large number of reindeer. The prey was then processed around the Hohlen Stein.
Several traces and artifacts even go back to the migratory and settlement phases of the time around 10,000 B.C. However, some excavation objects that have not been clearly clarified or remain mysterious to this day and their unusual finding environment have also entwined this cave with mysterious sagas, myths and legends.
During the 30-year war, a forgery workshop was operated here. Popular theories go back even further, according to which the cave was the historical scene of events that can be found in the dramatic descriptions of the Middle High German Nibelungenlied. At the beginning of the 19th century, the large cave room was used as a workshop by a saddler and strap cutter.
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