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Ochsenfeld in Alsace
Therefore the term refers to an area of cattle pastures.
It is a vast plain that extends from the outlet of the valley of Thann in the west to the forest of the Hardt (beyond Mulhouse) in the east and from the Sundgau in the south to Ensisheim in the north.
This plain is called so, because in the Middle Ages it was entirely used for animal husbandry and many major cattle markets were held there. However, with the development of agricultural techniques the Ochsenfeld became cropland.
The northeastern part of the Ochsenfeld is covered by the woodland of Nonnenbruch forest.
Ochsenfeld is also the name of a place between Cernay and Wittelsheim in the departament Haut-Rhin. In this place the archaeological remains of the Battle of Vosges were found. Romans fought there against a Germanic tribe in the fiercest battle of that time.
Legend has it that this battle triggered the foundation of Mulhouse.
- M. Ingold: L'Ochsenfeld, ses antiquités, ses traditions, Impr. de Vve-Berger-Levrault, 1862
- F. Zégierman: L'Ochsenfeld
- Agriculture of the Ochsenfeld
- L'Ochsenfeld in German on Elsass-Netz
- Ochsenfeld Chapel
- Battle of Vosges
- The Roman camp of Aspach
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