From ice age to monoculture to monopoly

Another intuition of the moment (settlement)

The landscape of the Prignitz were formed in the Pleistocene. The soft structures can only be understood from the ice ages. Meltwater formed today's river and stream courses. Huge moraines brought the sand. While during the ice age the repeated advances of the Scandinavian inland ice shaped the landscape of the Prignitz, in the course of the post-glacial period man increasingly became the determining geological factor.



The settlement

The oldest clear traces of hunter-gatherers date back to the Middle Stone Age, which began here around 8000 BC. But there are also finds from the Neolithic period (3000 to 1800 BC) indicate prehistoric settlement of two pre-Germanic tribes. Numerous finds from the Bronze and Iron Ages testify to an increasingly dense settlement. Germanic tribes settled until the Germanic migration (4th-6th century). From the 4th/5th century A.D. Slavs settled along the Elbe and Havel rivers, especially the small tribe of the Brizans.

German rulers tried to conquer the Slavic territory east of the Elbe for about 400 years. Bishoprics were founded for the Christianization of the Slavs. The area was finally conquered only with a crusade against the Slavs in 1147.


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