Category Archives: Engineering

Engineering series 2: Bibracte

Introduction

During the summer of 2016, I made an extensive bike tour through the Morvan massif in east-central France.

Apart from the picturesque and solitude landscape, this region has a noteworthy history and great a many archaeological sites and museum exhibitions.

It gravitates for the most part around the ancient town of Bibracte, which had been an important village during the Roman occupation of Gaul (50 B. C.) but was abandoned in favor of the nearby Augustodonum (Autun) a few decades later.

I want to illustrate ancient metallurgy, …

Engineering series 1: Radar stations on the Wasserkuppe

Introduction

On the second day of the new year, I made a short hiking tour to the highest elevation in Hesse (Hessen), the Wasserkuppe.

As an amateur radio operator (DO1MUE), this place with its small airfield, eye-catching antennae, and disused radar-facilities on the peak aroused my curiosity to learn more about its history.

Just a few kilometers away runs the border to Thuringia (Thüringen), which had been in the cold war era the frontier to the German Democratic Republic (DDR) and hence the …