The castle in the meadows

Grafik: AMH0700/0800

Hamburg Archaeological Museum

Hamburg Archaeological Museum
Hamburg, Germany

The name "Hammaburg“ derives from the Old Saxon language, an early form of Low German. In Old Saxon, the term "ham“ describes fenced grassland or a separate bay in a lowland. The name Hammaburg, therefore, literally means "the castle in the meadows“ or "in the bay“. Hammaburg is the first ring-shaped fortification of the 8th century and according to the linguistic roots of its name, the Saxon inhabitants of the village already referred to it as a “castle”. At the same time the name refers to the entire area as well. Hammaburg, therefore, meant the structure of the castle and associated settlement - the early Hamburg.


  • Title: The castle in the meadows
  • Creator: Grafik: AMH
  • Date: Early Middle Ages
  • Date Created: 0700/0800
  • Location: Hamburg Domplatz
  • Provenance: Archäologisches Museum Hamburg Stadtmuseum Harburg|Helms-Museum
  • Type: Virtual reconstruction
  • Medium: Photo

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