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Location: Frömmstedter Straße, 06578 Bilzingsleben. 16 km south of Bad Frankenhausen at the F86 in Kindelbrück, turn north to Bilzingsleben, 3 km.
Open: APR to OCT Tue-Sun 10-16, last tour 15:30.
NOV to MAR Mon-Fri 10-15 after appointment, Sat, Sun after appointment.
Fee: Adults EUR 5, Children (6-18) EUR 2.50, Children (0-5) free, Students EUR 2.50, Disabled EUR 2.50, Family (2+2) EUR 14.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 4.
Groups (15+): Adults EUR 3.50.
Classification: Travertine deposit forming a ridge
Dimension: H=40 m, L=300 m, W=100 m.
Guided tours: after appointment
Address: Ausgrabungsstätte "Steinrinne" Bilzingsleben, c/o VG Kindelbrück, Puschkinplatz 1, 99638 Kindelbrück, Tel: +49-36375-50249. E-mail: contact
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At the city limits of Bilzingsleben towards Frömmstedt is left of the road a ridge which is called Steinrinne. In the middle pleistocene, about 400,000 to 350,000 years before present existed a karst spring at this place, which built a huge travertine deposit.

The brook Wipper changed its bed since then and flows today several hundred meters away and 30 or 40 m deeper. So the former valley with its travertine became a ridge. This process is called inversion by the geologists.

This place became world famous because of of the discovery of human remains, flint tools, plants and animal remains. In 1974 the remains of a Homo erectus skull where found.

In the village Bilzingsleben, in a farmhouse, a small exhibition about geology, paleontology, prehistory and anthropology of this place exists. Responsible is the Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte at the Universität Jena. But this little exhibition has no regular open hours, it can only be visited after appointment.

The best chance for a visit of exhibition and site is the day of the open monument, which is every year on the second sunday of September.