Prussia Ortsakten

The archaeologically most extensive part of the Prussia Archive are the so-called "Ortsakten" (local files). These are collections of material related to specific sites, resulting from the reorganization of the preserved documents. They are kept in one or more juris folders for each location. The contents of such a folder are referred to as a file volume. The local files contain mostly handwritten correspondence, excavation reports, lists of finds, notes, photographs, drawings, etc. They comprise a total of 20,510 individual sheets in more than 2,100 file volumes with information on well over 2,000 find sites in 36 East Prussian districts. The oldest documents date back to 1826. The most recent are from the 1940s.