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“Archaeological Monuments in Thuringia” (Portal)

The portal “Archaeological Monuments in Thuringia” ( http://www.bodendenkmale-thueringen.de/index.php?id=83//) is operated by the Thuringian State Office for Monument Preservation and Archeology ( http://denkmalpflege.thueringen.de//) in cooperation with the Thuringian University and State Library Jena (ThULB). The portal “Archaeological Monuments in Thuringia” offers interested users a central search point for researching archaeological monuments in the Free State of Thuringia.

The offerings of the portal include both surface monuments visible above ground and outstanding archaeological sites. The information is based on the previously published “Archaeological Hiking Guide Thuringia”, a series of publications by the Thuringian State Office for Monument Preservation and Archeology.

You can get deeper and vivid insights into the oldest history of Thuringia in the Museum for Prehistory and Early History of Thuringia ( http://alt-thueringen.de//), Weimar and in the Steinsburgmuseum Römhild ( http://www.steinsburgmuseum.de/). In addition, the Thuringian State Office for Monument Preservation and Archeology offers a large number of publications on the archeology of Thuringia in digital form.

Thuringia archive portal

The Thuringia archive portal ( https://www.archive-in-thueringen.de/) sees itself as a “guide to the broad archival landscape of Thuringia”. It is aimed at the public with an interest in history, scientific and local research, private individuals, companies and authorities.

You can find overviews of the holdings, inventory descriptions and, in some cases, online finding aids from almost 150 Thuringian archives, as well as information on the extensive collections of newspapers, magazines and official publications in the individual archives.

Thuringian Open Air Museum Hohenfelden and Thuringian Folklore Advice and Documentation Office

The Thuringian Open Air Museum Hohenfelden (  http://www.freilichtmuseum-hohenfelden.de/) was founded in 1979. It is a cultural, educational and recreational facility of national importance in the sponsorship of the Weimarer Land district. The open-air museum is a place where evidence of bygone worlds is preserved, researched and presented. In contrast to other ethnological and cultural history museums, this takes place in an authentic, lively and historical environment.

The Thuringian Open-Air Museum has two locations: In the listed village of Hohenfelden, historical buildings, e.g. the school or the former rectory, have been preserved in their original location. On the other hand, historical rural buildings from various Thuringian villages have been and are being moved to the main location of the museum, the “Am Eichenberg” museum area.

The buildings of the museum are unique evidence of rural Thuringian building culture. The implementation will save them from demolition, restore them in the museum and furnish them true to the original. The open-air museum also includes the area in which the buildings once stood: gardens with historic fruit and vegetable varieties, old breeds of farm animals, paths and squares as well as traditionally cultivated fields.

The Thuringian Folklore Advice and Documentation Office ( beratung(at)dont-send-me-spam.freilichtmuseum-hohenfelden.really-dont-do-it(dot)de) has also been located in the Thuringian Open-Air Museum Hohenfelden since spring 2020. It performs essential tasks to promote identity-creating cultural activities in the Free State and combines folklore research with cultural mediation. This also includes the documentation of current and traditional evidence of the everyday and festival cultures of Thuringia, the development of sources and the safeguarding of legacies.

In the last few decades numerous publications on folklore topics have appeared (  volkskunde-in-thueringen.de/veroeffentlichungen/), and various research projects could be implemented. The current focus of work is the promotion of Thuringian contributions to the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO, the support of local "Heimatstuben" as well as building and living after 1945.

Heimatbund Thüringen

The Heimatbund Thüringen e.V. (  https://www.heimatbund-thueringen.de/ ) is the regional association for nature and environmental protection, regional history research, monument protection and cultural preservation. One of the main concerns of the association is to preserve Thuringia's cultural landscapes and to make them fit for the future. It is not just about preserving the traditional, but also about giving the new meaningful structures and forms.

The association's fields of work include: regional studies and education, local history, monument protection, folklore, customs and traditions, environmental protection and landscape management, independent and sustainable regional development in line with Agenda 21. The association is particularly dedicated to these issues: Publishing the magazine “Heimat Thüringen - Cultural landscape, environment, living space", organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, roundtables and topic-related projects (e.g. cultural landscape, historic roads, field names and regional history, training of certified nature and landscape guides, network of homeland care in Thuringia).

Thuringian culture and knowledge portal "Kulthura"

The digital Thuringian culture and knowledge portal "Kulthura" ( https://www.kulthura.de/) was created with significant support from the Thuringian University and State Library Jena (ThULB). It wants to make the Thuringian art, cultural and scientific landscape virtually tangible. Digital objects and documents of national and international importance are to be presented. In the meantime, over a million data sets and digital copies in 2D and 3D from over 100 Thuringian institutions, including museums, are presented online. The portal is aimed primarily at the general public and those interested in science and education. It is to be expanded further.

Thuringian State Office for Land Management and Geoinformation (TLBG)

The Thuringian State Office for Land Management and Geoinformation (TLBG) ( https://tlbg.thueringen.de/) maintains a wide range of freely usable basic geographic data, historical and current aerial photographs and orthophotos. The state program "Open Geodata" in Thuringia provides step by step open geodata from all authorities without access restrictions with a simple, uniform and easily understandable license on the Internet.

The freely usable geodata are intended to ensure transparency in the administration as well as active participation by enable citizens to participate in processes of business, administration and politics. All publicly accessible geodata can be viewed free of charge via the Geoproxy ( http://www.geoproxy.geoportal-th.de/geoclient/start_geoproxy.jsp) or the Thuringia viewer ( https://thueringenviewer.thueringen.de/thviewer/) and via Geoportal Thuringia ( https://www.geoportal-th.de ) they can be downloaded free of charge. In addition, both the current and the historical topographic maps, aerial photographs and orthophotos can also be ordered and purchased in the TLBG online shop.

Thuringian State Office for Statistics (TLS)

The Thuringian State Office for Statistics (TLS) is responsible for official statistics in the Free State of Thuringia, as the higher state authority in the business area of the Thuringian Ministry of the Interior and Municipalities (TMIK). Comprehensive statistics and time series are offered in the information database  https://statistik.thueringen.de/ on the internet portal of the state office.

The publications include the statistical reports and directories, monthly booklets, leaflets, a number of cross-sectional publications as well as the joint products of the statistical offices of the Federation and the Federal States. The publications are available for free download on the Internet or can be obtained from the TLS webshop. The "Thuringia Atlas" offers a selection of regionally structured maps and graphics that are updated annually (  https://statistik.thueringen.de/webshop/pdf/2020/40503_2020_51.pdf ).

Thuringian State Office for the Environment, Mining and Nature Conservation (TLUBN)

The Thuringian State Office for the Environment, Mining and Nature Conservation (TLUBN) publishes various map services and specialist portals on the subjects of nature conservation, geology, soil science, seismology, geothermal energy, flood risk management, water protection and landscape fragmentation on the website  http://www.tlug-jena.de/kartendienste/ with the possibility of factual and spatial research.

Map examples for this are geological and soil science maps, protected areas, areas from open land biotope mapping or habitat types. In the area of flood risk management, flood hazard maps provide information about which areas can be affected by floods.

Thuringian Field Names Portal

The "Thuringian field names portal" has been online since November 14, 2019 at the URL  http://projekte.thulb.uni-jena.de/flurnamen/projekt.html. The portal is being created as part of a joint project funded by the Thuringian State Chancellery between the Institute for German Linguistics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the ThULB. 

The Thuringian field name archive was founded in 1933 at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and contains around 150,000 records. The receipts from the Thuringian field name archive will be digitized as part of the project and the portal will be gradually expanded. The digital processing of the document collection enables laypeople and scientists to operate with field names in various subject areas.

Thuringian Association for Folklore e.V.

The Thuringian Association for Folklore e.V. deals with the diversity of everyday human culture in the past and present. The Thuringian Association for Folklore e.V. ( https://www.volkskunde-in-thueringen.de/) serves as a forum for all those interested in folklore.

Their goals are: • Promotion of science and research in the field of folklore and cultural history in Thuringia • Networking of all those interested in folklore in the state • Mediation and documentation of evidence of everyday culture • Participation in national research on the history and culture of everyday life • Organization of conferences and excursions, organization of encounters as well as public relations for folklore topics.

There are contacts to the Thuringian Folklore Commission, the Folklore Seminar at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, the Thuringian Folklore Advisory Center, the Thuringian Museum Association and the Thuringian Heritage Association.

Environmental Portal of Thuringia

The Environmental Portal of Thuringia ( https://www.umweltportal.thueringen.de/) is the central search portal for official environmental information of all kinds in the Free State. It offers the user a convenient search in the extensive range of information provided by Thuringian environmental authorities at local and regional level. In addition, information and measured values are shown on the map according to their availability.

The list of information providers, i.e. the website operators whose websites are searched by the search engine, includes: • Thuringian Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Nature Conservation • Thuringian Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture • Thuringian State Administration Office • Thuringian State Office for Agriculture and Rural Areas • Thuringian State Office for the Environment, Mining and Nature Conservation • Thuringian State Office for Statistics • Hainich National Park • Kyffhäuser Nature Park • Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal Nature Park • Vessertal Biosphere Reserve - Thuringian Forest • Rhön Biosphere Reserve • Thuringian Forest Nature Park • Thuringian Slate Mountains Nature Park / Upper Saale • South Harz Nature Park • all counties and urban districts.

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