Prehistoric time

Com­ing from the Cham­pagne and from the Moselle, the humans of the stone age pen­e­trat­ed to this Lux­em­burg region rich in sand­stone where ravines and caves offered them a secure protection.

On the north­east part of the Grünewald, at the bor­der of the munic­i­pal­i­ty of Nieder­an­ven,  near the main road which con­nects Lux­em­burg with Echter­nach, on lands called “Wae­len”, was a clear­ing pop­u­lat­ed by men since thou­sands of years. More than 1000 weapons and dif­fer­ent oth­er tools were found there, objects that hunters, fish­er­men or herds­men of the stone age had left behind them in their hous­es or their camps.

In the years 1990–91, exca­va­tions of an ancient ceme­tery field show­ing sev­er­al tumuli, in the local­i­ty “Staekaul”, near the ground of Hostert’s foot­ball pitch, allowed to find ceram­ic vas­es, bronze rings, ambre jew­els and even a gold­en brooch. The archae­ol­o­gists of the Lux­em­bourg Muse­um date the found objects at the time of the Tène, between 400 and 500 years before Christ.