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The reconstructions

Early restoration work in 1985
Early restoration work in 1985

Right from the start there was great public interest in the excavations and a desire to have a museum. To make this possible the Society for Research and Restoration of Cultural Monuments in Hechingen-Stein was founded. It was this Society that suggested reconstructing part of the buildings, thereby creating a model of original size.

After years of planning and with the authoritative assistance of the Landesdenkmalamt (Bureau for the Preservation of State Monuments) in Tuebingen the southeast corner risalit, part of the attached colonnade on the north side and about one third of the porticus were reconstructed between 1985 and 1991.

Overall view from the south
Overall view from the south

Remains of the original buildings, columns and historical drawings of similar buildings in Roman times were used as a basis for reconstruction.

Of course, not all questions could be answered. There was always some uncertainty and criticism by the professionals was prompt. Nevertheless, it remains certain that a reconstruction of this kind affords lay people an insight to the history of the times.

The temple area
The temple area
Sandstone head of Venus
Sandstone head of Venus

A small rebuilt temple within the temple area provides clarity. Here you will find not only information about Roman religion and statues found in Hechingen-Stein but also many casts of statues of Roman gods found in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The mill has been conserved and visitors now have access. Here, there is also a panel explaining the history of the construction and the function of the house.

Continued on page 3: Reconstructions in 2005