The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


What does Luther's trash mean?

German archaeologists discovered Martin Luther’s kitchen trash—including broken dishes, food remains, toys and what they think is his wife’s wedding ring, along with 250 silver coins.

Begun in 2003, the dig took place at Luther’s parents’ house in Mansfeld, his estate at Wittenberg and the building where he was born in Eisleben.

An article in Der Spiegel claims the discoveries reveal that Luther “fudged his parents’ social circumstances” and they were more affluent than he claimed. But Luther’s adult home was “in keeping with his economic standing.”


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