LVR Office for Land Monument Preservation in the Rhineland

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LVR Office for Land Monument Preservation in the Rhineland in Bonn (2009)

The LVR Office for Soil Monument Maintenance in the Rhineland (ABR), formerly Rheinische Bodendenkmalpflege (RB), formerly Rhenish Office for Soil Monument Maintenance (RAB), with its headquarters in Bonn, is an office of the Rhineland Regional Council (LVR). Their task is "to protect and maintain, record and research, document and preserve the evidence of animal and vegetable life from geological times and the rich archaeological cultural heritage of the Rhineland, and make them known and accessible to the public" . The office has been headed by Erich Claßen since the beginning of 2019 .


The area of ​​responsibility is the Rhineland with the exception of the city of Cologne . As a specialist office, the ABR is not included in the hierarchy of the monument protection authorities, but supports them as an independent institution. Due to the monument protection law of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia of July 1, 1980, the ABR is in the archaeological monument preservation "carrier of public interests", that is, a hearing must take place before the implementation of public planning. The local archive of the ABR in Bonn gives an overview of 150 years of archaeological research in the Rhineland.

Branch offices

In addition to the headquarters in Bonn , the Rheinische Bodendenkmalpflege has four branch offices, which have a total of around 150 employees and are supported by many voluntary employees.


The Nideggen branch is located in the Wollersheim district on the Stiftshof. Your responsibility extends to the city ​​region of Aachen , the Rhein-Erft district , as well as the districts of Düren , Euskirchen and Heinsberg , a total of 54 cities and communities. The lignite opencast mines in these regional authorities are not part of the Nideggen branch, but are looked after by the Titz branch. The Stiftshoffest is always held on the 3rd Sunday in June as an open day .


The Overath branch is located on Gut Eichthal in the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis . With the districts Rhein-Kreis Neuss , Mettmann , Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis , Oberbergischer Kreis and Rhein-Sieg-Kreis as well as the independent cities Bonn , Düsseldorf , Leverkusen , Remscheid , Solingen and Wuppertal about 4300 km² on both sides of the Rhine .


The Titz branch is located in the Höllen district in a restored manor. The work area is the lignite opencast mines in the Rhineland . These include Garzweiler , Hambach and Inden . An Iron Age courtyard was reconstructed in the outdoor area of ​​the branch . Every year an archeology day is organized and free tours are offered to archaeologically or geologically interesting finds in the nearby lignite mining area.


The Xanten branch is responsible for a total area of ​​3812.5 km², consisting of the districts of Kleve , Wesel and Viersen and the independent cities of Mönchengladbach , Krefeld , Duisburg , Oberhausen , Mülheim an der Ruhr and Essen .


The LVR office for soil conservation in the Rhineland publishes the annual journal Archeology in the Rhineland . In the series Rheinische Ausgrabungen monographs on the archeology of the Rhineland are published. In the materials on the preservation of monuments in the Rhineland, mainly conference reports are published. The LVR-ABR is also co-editor of the Bonner Jahrbucher .


The LVR office for the preservation of monuments in the Rhineland is supported by numerous volunteers. They help u. a. in prospecting, source research and public relations. At the local level, in particular, they are active in recording soil monuments and monitoring construction sites.

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