Heimatmuseum in Bermel
Heimatmuseum Bermel and archaeological finds of the region
The idea of a collection of furniture and objects from the house and the yard, which originate from the good old days, is commonly associated with a Heimatmuseum. Who would come up with the idea of assuming behind this term an extensive and culturally significant exhibition of more than 2 000 years of history?
The exhibition is part of the life's work of Theo Anderegg, at the same time chairman of the local home and museum association. The place owes its enthusiasm and passion to the museum catalog of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
He was also the one who discovered the remains of a Roman bath house on his property on the banks of the Elzbach, thus proving that it was possible to live well in the Elz valley before. A figure of the goddess Fortuna found here is located.
The pawprint of a dog - 1800 years old! You can really feel how these ancient Roman clay tiles tell us their story. Such clay tiles were made by the Romans by the hundreds. Stacked on small columns, they carried the floor of a Roman bath. As the bathrooms floors were heated from below, they were the precursors of our modern underfloor heating systems.
When the mud bricks were freshly formed, they lay on a large place to dry in the sun - near the spot where a Roman villa was being built. Since the construction site was far away from the nearest large town, the workers and their families naturally also had dogs for their protection. One of them must have jumped in the middle of the freshly made clay tiles. It is easy to imagine the reaction of the workers. However, the clay tiles were not thrown away, but installed at the bottom of the column stack. Thus, the evidence of this wrongdoing disappeared, until just a few years ago everything came to light through excavations.
Today, this clay plate is in the archaeological part of the local museum in Bermel and just like her, so can all the other excavation pieces tell their story. In addition, the small museum shows the furnishings of a typical Eifel farmhouse. The facilities of the laundry, kitchen, bedroom and living room are complemented by farm equipment. The construction of a truss is clearly illustrated. The archaeological finds were almost all found in the garden of the museum operator, Mr. Theo Anderegg. Thanks to his personal commitment, the pieces can be presented in a specially equipped room.