around 700

Find of shards from the Steinborngasse

Alsfeld inhabited!Oldest traces of settlement in Alsfeld

The exact circumstances of the foundation of the settlement “Adelesfeld” are not completely clarified until today. It is probably connected with the Merovingian-Franconian land seizure in the 8th and 9th centuries and the associated expansion of the road system. Alsfeld lies on the trade route through the “Short Hessians” that was established at that time. Christianization started from a Carolingian court seat at the grave well.

The finds from the Steinborngasse, however, are older and evidence for a settlement already established in Merovingian times. This supports an explanatory approach of the Alsfeld historian O. Spaar, who states that in the middle of the 7th century, still in pagan Merovingian times, individual court sites or early village cells were established at the three important springs Grabbrunnen (next to “the castle”), Steinbornbrunnen and Brunnen at the level of today’s town library in Schnepfenhain, which gradually grew larger and grew together. This theory is also supported by the fact that as late as 1468 these three former village parcels were listed as separate tax districts of the town. MNic