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The SIGIBURG was a Saxon hillfort overlooking the River Ruhr near its confluence with the River Lenne
Lenne
. The ruins of the later Hohensyburg castle now stand on the site, which is in Syburg, a neighbourhood in the Hörde district of Dortmund
Dortmund
. Archaeological evidence suggests the site was occupied in the Neolithic
Neolithic
era. The hillfort was raised ca. 700 by Westphalian Saxons. During the Saxon Wars , it was taken by the Franks
Franks
under Charlemagne
Charlemagne
in 772, retaken by the Saxons
Saxons
(possibly under Widukind
Widukind
) in 774, and taken again and refortified by Charlemagne
Charlemagne
in 775.

REFERENCES

* ^ Detlef Rothe Rekonstruktion der Sächsischen Wallburg Sigiburg, citing Werner Rolevinck and the Royal Frankish Annals * ^ Deutsche Biographie Widukind
Widukind

Coordinates : 51°25′12″N 7°29′13″E / 51.42000°N 7.48694°E / 51.42000; 7.48694

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