Varus, Varus…

The rain has reached the coast. For us the sign to turn south.
We drive along the “Lüneburger Heide“ to the „Teutoburger Wald“. Unfortunately it rains most of the time.
Since quite a while the „Extern-Steine“ are on our bucket list. It is a distinctive rock formation located in the Teutoburg Forest.
The rocks got the current form through the „Wollsackverwitterung“. To my geologist friends: Does this mean anything to you? I couldn’t find a translation…
It is identified as a sacred site of the Saxons. A large relief is hewn in the outside showing a station of the cross.
There are several grottos inside the rock pillars. The stairs exist at least since the 17th century. But under these rainy conditions I don’t want to climb up. We have to come back when the weather is nice.
A dragon guards this place.
Only a few kilometers away is the colossal statue of Hermann, the Cherusci. The monument commemorates the battle of the Teutoburg Forest in which the Germanic warriors  under Arminius (Hermann) defeated three Roman legions under Varus in 9 AD. It is one of the few dates I remember from my history lessons at school…
The best picture I can shoot is from the poster in the info center.

One thought on “Varus, Varus…

  1. Wow – great place. This is what Wiki gives about the geology. As to your word? Can you break it into it’s components and tell us what the parts of the words mean? From Wiki: “The geological formation consists of a hard, erosion-resistant sandstone (so-called Osningsandstein), laid down during the early Cretaceous era about 100 million years ago, near the edge of a large shallow sea that covered large parts of Northern Europe at the time. About 70 million years ago, these originally horizontal layers were folded to an almost vertical position. The resulting cracks in the stone offered ample scope for various forms of weathering. Thousands of years of erosion washed the rocks from the surrounding soil and then formed the surface of the stone.” I think this is common in the formation of “tor” erosional features. Basically, it was probably an extra well-cement part of the sandstone formation that got fractured and then the fractures provided an avenue for erosion so the softer bits (less well-cemented) were eroded away around the harder stuff, and these are is the geomorphological feature remaining.

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