beneath our feet

vf10218.jpgBronzene Lanzenspitze, Keramikgefäß, Bronzepinzette und Bronzenadel, Nordhessen, Fritzlar, Geismar, MHK, Sammlung Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Foto: MHK, Arno Hensmanns

From the Old Stone Age to the Early Middle Ages

Archaeological finds from 300,000 years of history provide the opening of a tour of the historical, cultural and economic deveopment of North and East Hesse at the Hessisches Landesmuseum, constituting a journey back through time to the beginnings of our civilisation. Trailblazing innovations such as the invention of tools, the transition to sedentarism, or the discovery of metalworking techniques are reflected in the exhibition. Some prehistoric developments brought about profound changes in the circumstances of life, and continue to have an effect to the present day. The permanent exhibition provides insight into the technique of biface production, demonstrates the ways well-off ladies of the Bronze Age wore their jewellery, and tells of the troubles and tribulations encountered by St Boniface the missionary.

In order to accomplish this it draws on the stocks and archives of the Prehistory and Early History Collection. As early as 1779 the »native antiquities« were on display to the public at large at the Museum Fridericianum. Under Prussian rule, the museum became the central collection point for prehistoric »antiquities« from all of northern Hesse. Painstakingly documented with their provenance, the circumstances of their discovery, and their inventory number, finds from all periods of history are stored in 1,000 square metres of storage space. The collection encompasses bifaces from the Old Stone Age, pottery fragments from the Neolithic Age to the Middle Ages, stone axes, jewellery and weapons from the Metal Ages as well as botanical remains, soil samples, and the remains of settlements of the Early Modern period. For that reason our archive of finds is the place to go for experts working on the Pre- and Early History of northern Hesse and the surrounding regions.