Slavic Germany, the untold history of Germans – There was very little known about Slavs and their culture who lived in present day Mecklenburg, Western Pomerania until the end of the World War 2. During 2nd and 3rd Reich, for political reasons, archaeological artefacts found in these areas were attributed to ‘German Vikings’ instead of the confederation of western Slavic tribes known as Obodrites. The landmarks such as ramparts of Mecklenburg, Dobin, Ilow, Quetzin, Teterow, Werle and others from the period during which the region was populated by Slavic tribes were also attributed to ‘German Vikings’. via (source)
After World War II much was done to restore historical justice by historians, archeologists and scientists of German Democratic Republic. In particular, by Professor Ewald Shuldt whose ancestors were from Mecklenburg land. Since his appointment as the director of the prehistoric department of Historical Museum of Schweriner in 1953, he devoted his life to the study of Slavic settlements around the cities of Schwerin (Slavic: Zverin) – Rostock and Neubrandenburg.
Professor Ewald Shuldt studied the ramparts on the island of the lake “Teterower” between 1950 and 1953, castles near the town if Lübchin (Lyubchin) from 1956 to 1961, the castle near Sukow (Sukov) in 1962 and castles near villages Nieköhr Walken (Valcke) located near the town of Teterow from 1963 to 1964. Ewald Shuldt also excavated the rampart inside of Obortides’ castle Liepen (Lipen) located near the city of Rostock.
Professor Ewald Shuldt:
The extensive research on the site of Obodrites’ settlement in Gross Raden began in 1973. The excavations continued untill early 80s during which a large number of Slavic archaeological artefacts were discovered. The archaeologists also discovered Slavic pagan temple on the site. The results of these excavations allowed Professor Shultd to release a monograph on the culture of Bodrichi (Slavic tribe) as well as the construction of pagan temple.
Some ross-reference of published literature by Ewald Schuldt is provided in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewald_Schuldt
The plans of the castle in Gross-Raden.
The castle from a distance
Prior to 1987, the year in which Ewald Schultd died, the state government of Mecklenburg began the construction of the museum of ancient Slavic settlement according to the materials discovered during excavations.
Slavic Temple in Gross-Raden