State Office for Monument Preservation Hesse

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The State Office for Monument Preservation Hesse (LfDH) was created by the first Hessian Monument Protection Act, which came into force in 1974. It is based in Wiesbaden, in Biebrich Castle , with branch offices in Marburg and Darmstadt . The State Office for Monument Preservation Hessen was restructured in 2012.

Biebrich Castle and park


The State Office for the Preservation of Monuments of Hesse was established retrospectively to September 24, 1974 by a decree of December 18, 1974 by the Minister of Culture , Hans Krollmann , who was then responsible for the preservation of monuments . The reason for this was the state election. The decree was signed on the day the third Osswald cabinet was formed. On the day before the foundation of the State Office for the Preservation of Hesse, the previous institutions, the office of the State Archaeologist of Hesse and the office of the State Conservator of Hesse , were dissolved on September 23, 1974. All of this was only officially announced in the State Gazette for the State of Hesse on January 13, 1975, i.e. in the following year.

Position in the hierarchy of authorities

The State Office for Monument Preservation Hessen is subordinate to the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art . It is a specialist authority , so it stands outside the hierarchy of administrative authorities , which in Hesse only exist in two administrative levels in the field of monument protection : the highest monument protection authority , the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art, and 37 lower monument protection authorities, these are all city and monument protection authorities District administrations with their own building supervision .


Local jurisdiction

The State Office for Monument Preservation Hesse is locally responsible for the entire state of Hesse. In addition to the head office, there are two branches: in Marburg and Darmstadt . The archaeological monument preservation department is located in Darmstadt , and two museums are assigned to it.

Material jurisdiction

The State Office for the Preservation of Monuments in Hesse is responsible for all technical issues that affect cultural monuments . According to Section 4 of the Hessian Monument Protection Act (HDSchG), it has the following tasks:

  • Implementation of monument protection
  • Advice and support for the owners and owners of cultural monuments in the maintenance, investigation and restoration of cultural monuments
  • Inventory of cultural monuments
  • Scientific investigation of the cultural monuments as a contribution to the research of the national history.


There are three departments:

Archaeological and paleontological preservation of monuments

Horreum of Kastell Saalburg , which houses most of the Saalburg Museum
Museum building of the Celtic world on Glauberg as part of the decentralized archaeological state museum

The department consolidated as Hessen-Archeologie (spelling: hessenARCHÄOLOGIE) is headed by the state archaeologist . It is concerned with soil monuments , carries out archaeological and paleontological inventories nationwide and conducts archaeological and paleontological research. It grants the research permit required according to § 22 HDSchG for soil conservation interventions in a cultural monument.

The tasks of archaeological monument preservation are carried out by eight archaeologists in Hesse who work at the headquarters in Wiesbaden and at the branch offices in Darmstadt and Marburg. The paleontological preservation of monuments is supervised by a single scientist for the whole of Hesse from Wiesbaden.

District archaeologists each supervise a number of cities and districts with regard to decisions on monument law and the recording and inventory of ground monuments. Due to the tight staffing in the public administration , archaeological excavations are no longer carried out by the state office itself, but are financed by third parties, in particular private excavation companies, on the basis of the polluter pays principle .

The subject area Medieval and Modern Archeology has existed since 2003, and in recent years it has mainly dealt with excavations at the Elisabeth Church at its location in Marburg . The renowned archaeobotany works under comparable conditions . This department also includes a restoration workshop , which primarily restores archaeological finds from excavations.

Since January 2002, the Saalburg Museum near Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, with a focus on Roman provincial archeology, has been part of Hesse archeology; in May 2011, the Celtic World on Glauberg was opened as the second museum under the direction of the State Office. Both museums together form the State Archaeological Museum Hessen (ALMhessen).

The archaeological and palaeontological preservation of monuments is also carried out by the Archaeological Central Depot of the State of Hesse.

Building and art monument maintenance

This department is headed by the state curator. The department is initially concerned with the inventory of architectural monuments in Hesse. From this work the series Monument Topography of the Federal Republic of Germany emerged and continues to develop over time . Hessen and its equivalent on the Internet. A photo and plan archive and an official specialist library are required for research into and inventory of the cultural monuments .

District curators, who are responsible for a number of cities and districts, also look after the monuments there, advise the lower monument protection authorities, monument owners, architects, planners and craftsmen on the preservation, maintenance and changes to the cultural monument. In the case of planned changes to a cultural monument, which are subject to approval according to § 16 HDSchG, they assess the project and, if necessary, give their consent to the approval, which is issued by the lower monument protection authority.

This department also includes a restoration workshop, in which valuable movable cultural assets are restored, but which also provides expert advice on problems relating to the restoration of cultural monuments.

Central Department

There is also a third department, a central department that manages the authority internally.


State Conservators

State archaeologists


The State Office for Monument Preservation Hesse issues a number of publications:

  • The magazine Denkmalpflege und Kulturgeschichte ( Monument Preservation in Hesse until 1997 ) is intended for the general public .
  • The largest series published by the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments is the monument topography of the Federal Republic of Germany. Hessen . It presents aboveground cultural monuments in numerous volumes, structured according to districts, cities and municipalities.
  • The series Find reports from Hessen continuously presents new research results and finds from Hessen.
  • Workbooks of the State Office for Monument Preservation Hesse (series of monographs)
  • Yearbook hessenARCHEOLOGIE (annual reports on current research and excavations in Hessian archeology)
    • Every year, the Hesse ARCHAEOLOGY day is organized in which the current yearbook and selected lectures are presented. The public and free conference is not only aimed at scientists, students and volunteers, but also at all citizens who are interested in archeology in Hesse. The specialist program is accompanied by excursions and an evening lecture on the archeology and history of the region in which this event takes place. It is tradition that the conference takes place annually at a different location in Hesse, as the regional archeology in the regions sees itself as a partner in the cultural and structural development of the state and its districts.
  • Archaeological monuments in Hessen (booklets and guides to individual ground monuments, supported by the Archaeological Society in Hessen )
  • Materials on the prehistory and early history of Hesse (scientific monographs of Hesse archeology)
  • Paleontological monuments in Hessen (booklets and guides to individual paleontological ground monuments)
  • Guide to Hessian prehistory and early history (guide to individual ground monuments in Hesse, e.g. Saalburg, Felsberg in the Odenwald etc.)

Historical sources

The older records of the Darmstadt branch of the Hessen State Office for Monument Preservation are now in the Hessian State Archives in Darmstadt (inventory H 56, Hessen State Office for Monument Preservation, Darmstadt Branch, Archaeological Monument Preservation Department). The holdings reflect the expert activities of the State Office, contain correspondence on archaeological excavations, development plans and documents for exchange with specialist colleagues. The inventory is recorded and large parts of it can be researched online.


  • 100 years of the Monument Protection Act in Hesse. History - meaning - effect . Stuttgart 2003. ISBN 3-8062-1855-2
  • Jan Nikolaus Viebrock: Hessian monument protection law . 3. Edition. Stuttgart 2007. ISBN 978-3-555-40310-6

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  2. State Gazette for the State of Hesse 2/1975, p. 48 v. January 13, 1975.
  3. Konstanze Jünger, Katharina von Kurzynski, Björn Schmidt: Inventory - digitize - preserve - research - convey . In: State Office for Monument Preservation Hesse (ed.): Monument Preservation and Cultural History 3/2019, pp. 39–45.
  5. Visiting the region: hessenARCHEOLOGIE-Tag ; accessed on November 11, 2017
  6. Overview of the inventory H 56  State Office for the Preservation of Monuments Hesse, Darmstadt branch, Department of Archaeological Preservation of Monuments. In: Archive Information System Hessen (Arcinsys Hessen), as of January 7, 2015.

Coordinates: 50 ° 2 ′ 15 ″  N , 8 ° 14 ′ 2.9 ″  E