From Stone Age megalithic tombs to mediaeval castles and lost fighter aeroplanes from World War II: Westphalia has a wealth of relics from the past. Archaeology is needed to render tangible the traces of our history and to preserve these for subsequent generations.
Discovering, excavating, researching, documenting, protecting, preserving and communicating the latest recognitions in publications, in the archaeological museums of the LWL at Herne, Haltern and Paderborn and as part of multi-faceted events – such are the wide-ranging tasks of the LWL-Archäologie in Westfalen [LWL-Archaeology in Westphalia].
The Prussian fortification at Minden is one of the ground monuments in Westfalen-Lippe. Its preservation and research are therefore included in the range of tasks of the LWL-Archäologie for Westphalia. The latter is also dedicated to the preservation of archaeological findings from the Prussian era near to the Porta Westfalica that, however, now only fragmentarily exist. The LWL-Museum für Archäologie in Herne also has exhibits from this time.