"A detailed drawing of the construction site from 1916 made our excavation work, which lasted several weeks, much easier than it would have been without the drawing," said Reinhard Bernbeck. At about one meter depth, the archaeologists found individual artefacts around the former mosque. "We can clearly see that the mosque was systematically dismantled," said Bernbeck. "Usable parts of iron and wood as well as the so-called Rathenower bricks – the floor covering – were taken out and re-used." The abandoned unusable broken bricks and pieces of iron are, however, sufficient to provide information about the materials used in the construction. In addition, the excavation team found a great deal of evidence from the Soviet occupation, such as parts of military tanks, remains of meals, canning jars, and beer bottles.
The excavations were done now because this coming week the State of Brandenburg intends to install residential containers for refuges on the site of the former mosque and barracks.
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Pieces of metal and nails from the mosque.
View of the surface southwest of the mosque (gray) with bracing parts of metal from the dome of the former mosque.
Section of the excavation near a barracks of the "Crescent Moon Camp"; layers dating to the Soviet period of the site.
Section of a foundation pit of the mosque, which had been filled with concrete slab pieces.
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Concrete base of a military tank depot from the Nazi period along with older pits.
Archaeologists at work uncovering the soil around the mosque. In the foreground, part of a military tank depot from the Nazi period is visible.