Ameisenkolonie auf dem Töpferweg in Speicher, © Eifelverein Ortsgruppe Speicher
  • Distance: 10.2 km
  • Duration: 2:55 h
  • Difficulty: medium

Töpferweg - circular trail around Speicher


Pottery has a very long tradition in Speicher. Around 100 AD, the Romans began producing pottery in the area between Speicher and Herforst. A large industrial area developed here with over 100 kilns in which clay pots and bricks were fired. The red-flamed terra sigilata was typical. After the Romans were driven out by the Franks at the beginning of the fifth century, it took about 500 years before pottery was produced again in Speicher. Today, there is still one company in Speicher that produces art ceramic stoneware. The potters' trail leads through the Speicher forest, where the Romans had their workshops and kilns. Because of the large clay deposits between Speicher, Binsfeld and Herforst, an extensive Roman pottery industry developed here at the end of the first century AD, which continued until the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century. Finds of excavated kilns whose firing chambers were still filled with intact pottery lead to the assumption that the Romans left the area in flight around the year 410 to escape the invading Franks. The circular route leads through the area where several kilns were excavated and larger quantities of clay vessels and bricks were found.

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  • Markierung Töpferweg, © Eifelverein OG Speicher
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Distance: 10.2 km

Duration: 2:55 h

Difficulty: medium

Ascent: 126 m

Descent: 126 m

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