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The mystery of the Erdställe

Erdställe (German, singular: Erdstal) are manmade caves and tunnels as are many found in the loes areas of Austria and the south of Germany. They consist of systems of – often small – tunnels leading to chambers which are of divers size and shape.

The German name ‘Erdstal’ traces back to the notion of place or site and has nothing to do with a stable for animals.

The entrance to an Erdstal is often hidden and difficult to identify. Many of them are under houses, churches and wine cellars but also in the open field. The tunnels have the shape of a pointed arch or have a flat ceiling and often they are no higher than 40 cm. The rooms are shaped like a vessel and are often no higher than 1.30 meter. Sometimes seats have carved in the loess but curiously they are no higher than 30 cm which make them impractible to be used by humans.

There are little indications for the age of these underground systems. Until more information is retrieved, one believes they originate from the Middle Ages (1000 – 1200 AD).

There are many theories of the purpose and who made them, but any proof is lacking. Since none of the tunnels have a second entrance they are not very suited as hiding place, the moreover the air cannot be refreshed easily.

Information about Erdställe, f.i about Stubenberg and Gaweinstall, is available from the following websites (German language):

www.erdstall.de

http://erdstall.heimat.eu

http://www.lvhstmk.at/berichte/erdstallforschung.html

http://www.museum-joanneum.at/de/archaeologiemuseum/ausstellungen-8/zeitenanfang

HAMMERING OF HARD STONE There are indications that Erdstalle are excavated between 1000 AD and 1250 AD
SAWING IN HARD STONE
DRILLING IN HARD STONE
MILLING OF HARD STONE
TURNING OF HARD ROCK
PLASTER LAYER ON HARD STONE
SMOOTHING OF HARD STONE
POLISHING OF HARD STONE
TRANSPORTING MEGALITHS
SEAMLESS JOINTS BETWEEN STONES
SEAMLESS JOINTS BETWEEN MEGALITHS
SOFTENING HARD STONE
MELTING OF HARD STONE
TRANSATLANTIC CONTACTS

The tunnels and caves have bene carved in areas with loess-layers.
The tunnels and caves have bene carved in areas with loess-layers.
Access to chambers are provided by declining and vertical shafts.
Access to chambers are provided by declining and vertical shafts.
The entrance to a cave system is often  beneath a house, church or wine cellar.
The entrance to a cave system is often  beneath a house, church or wine cellar.
Erdstalle reach to a depth of about 10 meters.
Erdstalle reach to a depth of about 10 meters. 
The entrance is often hidden and discovered by accident.
The entrance is often hidden and discovered by accident.
The entrance to a chamber is often very small and low.
The entrance to a chamber is often very small and low.
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