The classic locality of Bundenbach in the Hunsrueck is the most important fossil occurrence from the time of the Lower Devonian (Emsium). The state of preservation, some in soft tissue preservation, reveal unique details that can be seen by means of X-rays or professional preparation. Historically, its use as roofing slate can be traced back to Roman times. The black shale fossils attracted splitters and collectors ever since. Immerse into the Devonian world around 400 million years ago!
The roofing slates of Bundenbach represent the world's most important fossil deposit for crinoids and starfish of the Paleozoic Era.
The fossils owe the uniqueness of their preservation to special circumstances. The remains of organisms are often pyritized as a result of early diagnostic bacterial processes and, in addition to mechanical preparation, allow imaging using X-ray technology.
The paleoenvironment, long time the subject of controversial discussions, was only rudimentarily clarified in 1997 as a result of the „Nahecaris“ Project.
Just when after a long interruption scientific investigation of this worlwide unique fossil site was intensified again, the roof slate mining in Bundenbach (Eschenbach-Bocksberg quarry) was stopped in 1999 due to economical reasons.
Bundenbach is also the place where the early history of the arthropods can be studied, here fossils were found that explain the morphology and way of life of today's arthropods.
Another unique find is Captopodus poschmanni, named in honor of M. Poschmann from the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate. An enigmatic, Arthropod, that probably moved by swimming.
"It is very regrettable that such finds cannot be seen in their entirety in a modern information center in Bundenbach itself, so that the finds would do justice to their worldwide importance" (Dr. Wuttke). Bundenbach - a site that deserves Unesco World Heritage status!
It is all the more important to preserve these fossil treasures and to recall their uniqueness. We offer collectors the opportunity to acquire unique fossils and also provide information on fossil identification, preparation and history.