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Hugelkultur in history?

 
Isaiah Ari Mattathias
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I'm curious, as I love history, particularly Renaissance and ways of the olde. Has anyone come across literature that mentions hugelkultur or similar techniques?
As I desire to get "back to basics" I find myself looking back at the past as much as possible, while using modern technology to achieve things faster when possible. Example.. In my quest to learn more about pigs for I've found a lot of references in some pretty old texts, but also find that words can be different (swine for pig, beor instead of beer, husbandry can encompass farming etc), which makes researching a little more challenging. Just wondering if anyone out there has seen old texts on the subject. Thank you.
 
Landon Sunrich
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No, but now I want to! That sounds hella interesting. Could be a whole new area of study. If only societies were more literate!
 
Miles Flansburg
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Howdy Ari, welcome to permies! That would be interesting to find something along those lines. I will have to keep my eyes open.
 
Benjamin Hiatt
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Hi, I've heard that it comes from Germany, (which you probably already guessed,) and that some Germans long ago were clearing a field and they noticed all of their excess wood and they wondered what to do with it, seeing as how Germans don't like to waste anything and always find a purpose for everything. (Trust me I have very strong German heritage.) And so time went on and they noticed that the forest's soil looked better than some of the older fields soil. So, they inspected the forests soil, and noticed that it has at lot wood in it, so a few eurekas later you have Hugelkultur.
 
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