About the project

The European Academy of Otzenhausen is just a stone's throw away from one of Germany's largest Celtic monuments: the Celtic circular wall of Otzenhausen (Hunnenring). It is an impressive sight, but of course not the only relic that recalls ages long gone. The project context encompasses the Greater Region comprising the SaarLorLux Region, Rhineland-Palatinate, Alsace and Wallonia and boasts a unique wealth of archaeological treasures, which reflect its importance as a cultural hub with its own special character. Stone age men, Celts, Romans, Germanic and other peoples left many traces, which are worth being followed in order to gain a better understanding of the present and draw conclusions for the future.

The Archaeology in the Greater Region project generally aims to help various target groups from social scientists to interested laypersons understand historical developments. Although it is focused on archaeology, it involves other social sciences such as general and ancient history.

It highlights the historical heritage of the Greater Region of SaarLorLux and beyond. The project emphasises the common roots of the residents of the borderlands, thereby strengthening their identity.

The objective of the project is of course to impart or to deepen knowledge. This is done, on the one hand, through theoretical lectures, for example at the Otzenhausen Archaeology Days or at one-day seminars. On the other hand, the project includes a practical component, for example at excavation camps where participants can put their knowledge into practice. All events place a special emphasis on the (Greater) Region: the Archaeology in the Greater Region project primarily deals with projects which are implemented in or initiated by actors from the Greater Region.

Special importance is also given to the networking of social scientists and other participants. National borders have so far severely restricted networking. Due to the continuity of its offerings, the Academy provides a reliable platform for participants to meet and exchange ideas at certain intervals and beyond borders.

Target groups
The Archaeology in the Greater Region project is principally directed at all those who deal with archaeology and related topics in their professional or private life. Depending on the respective event format, it is directed at social scientists from university research institutions, staff from antiquities and monuments offices, museums and archaeological projects, members of historical associations and initiatives, and researchers of local/regional history. It is furthermore open to information disseminators (such as teachers, journalists), students and people of all ages who are interested in our programmes.


Michael Koch, Archaeologist, project leader
Altertumswissenschaftler B.A.

Degree in pre-history and early history, ethnology and archaeology of the Roman Provinces in Munich, Marburg and Saarbrucken. Studies of sciences of antiquity in Saarbrucken (focus on pre-history and early history, classical archaeology, ancient history).
Contact: 0049 6873 662-267, koch(at)eao-otzenhausen.de


Event Formats

Otzenhausen Archaeology Days

This Archaeology congress has been organized once a year since 2014. This series is aimed at experts as well as students and non-specialists interested in archaeology and provides an opportunity for participants to exchange archaeology-related expertise and ideas.

The Otzenhausen Archaeology Days showcase the latest results of excavations, research and new archaeological findings presented by both established researchers and young scientists. Participants and speakers present and discuss new results of archaeological analyses and discoveries from the Greater Region. The programme also touches on projects initiated in other regions and countries by actors from the Greater Region – in short: international cooperation. On top of this, the conference provides information about new projects, progress in research and further developments in excavation and prospecting technology. The side-event programme includes a one-day excursion to selected excavation sites and museums in the Greater Region, exhibitions and a book sale.

Cooperation partners
Gemeinde Nonnweiler, Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives (INRAP), Service régional de l'archéologie de Lorraine, Freundeskreis keltischer Ringwall e.V., D‘Georges Kayser Altertumsfuerscher a.s.b.l.

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD): Europe investing in rural areas.

Excavation camp
On the basis of archaeological findings from the Greater Region (here: SaarLorLux, Rhineland-Palatinate, Wallonia and Alsace), the excavation camps give students of antiquity in particular but also interested laypersons an understanding of European history and raise their awareness of topics related to archaeology. The camps impart theoretical knowledge and in particular give participants the opportunity to try practical excavation work through learning by doing. While they are currently directed primarily at German-speaking participants, the European dimension is expected to gain importance over the medium term through the integration of interested people from various European countries into the project.

An excavation camp lasts several weeks during the summer holidays and takes place at a significant European excavation site. It does not focus only on excavations: The programme includes excursions to important museums and excavation sites in the Greater Region. In addition to that, workshops on ancient crafts give the participants comprehensive information about life in antiquity and help them establish a first-hand connection to the archaeological background. The combination of excavations, excursions and workshops aims to provide the participants with a varied programme. In this context, it is important for the participants to have certain level of physical fitness, similar to that of professional archaeologists.

Cooperation partners
Terrex gGmbH and others


One-day seminars
The objectives of one-day seminars are similar to those of the other events and focus on theoretical knowledge. They are designed for various target groups, such as information disseminators, teachers, regional historians, students and people generally interested in the topic. They offer scientifically based information on different topics in a generally comprehensible way. We organize advanced teacher training courses on subjects such as “The Celts and the circular wall in school teaching” or seminars on genealogy or numismatics for local and regional historians.



Fortbildung Ringwall I

ILF-Nummer: ILF.2016-0289
Fachführung zum keltischen Ringwall und Keltendorf

Zielgruppe: Für Multiplikatoren, Lehrer, Gästeführer, Spezialisten und jene, die "mehr" wissen wollen.


Fortbildung Ringwall II

ILF-Numemr: ILF.106-0789
Archäotechnik: Praxisseminar zur Herstellung historischer Textilien / Erprobung von Webtechniken

Fortbildung für Lehrer und Multiplikatoren (Gästeführer usw.)


19. - 22.03.2020
6. Archäologentage Otzenhausen (ATO) - Internationales Symposium zur Archäologie in der Großregion

4-tägige Veranstaltung mit Exkursionen, Poster- und Projektpräsentationen, Fachvorträge

Zielgruppe: Fachtagung für Experten und Interessierte

Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen gGmbH
Michael Koch
Project Leader
Europahausstr. 35
66620 Otzenhausen
Tel.: 0049 6873 662-267
Fax: 0049 6873 662-350
eMail: koch(at)eao-otzenhausen.de