Der Siedlungsplatz Hamm-Westhafen
Teil II: Katalog und TafelnBodenaltertümer Westfalens
In the area of the western harbor of Hamm, traces from the pre-Roman Iron Age, the Roman Imperial Period and the Early Middle Ages were uncovered on an area of 4.2 ha. However, the outstanding significance of the excavation results from the high medieval settlement findings. Not only does the main building of the farmstead reach a length of more than 35 m – an outstanding size compared to the mass of contemporary houses –, but also the outbuildings, cellars and wells have dimensions that go far exceed the usual peasant needs. The find material confirms this impressively. The farm must have had a crucial importance in its region. Supra-regional comparisons suggest that the complex was used as an Ober- or Meierhof. Nevertheless, there are no indications for a transition to a noble estate.
The thesis was accepted as a dissertation at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 2005.