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Langhansbau am Schloß Charlottenburg
Sat 4 December 2004 - Sun 17 April 2005
An exhibition of the Museum for Pre- and Early History in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and the Anthropological Institute of the University Zurich
After a four-year period of renovation, the Museum for Pre- and Early History is putting on display two of the most important archaeological finds for the first time in 60 years. These are a Neanderthal man's skull from Le Moustier and one of the oldest skulls of a homo sapiens sapiens from Combe Capelle.
Scientists from several countries studied the Le Moustier skull between 1992 and 1998. The results of these investigations, including a virtual reconstruction, will be presented.
The exhibition focuses on the modern, non-destructive methods of examining human fossils. This is to be complemented by a history of the discovery and the story of the excavator Otto Hauser, who would this year celebrate his 130th birthday. The exhibition is also the first showing of the diary of the anthropologist Hermann Klaatsch, written during the process of the excavation of the skeleton.
A lively contrast to these scholarly presentation is a display of tools from Moustérien, and pictures illustrating the way of life of the people of the last Ice Age.
The exhibition marks the opening of the newly built area for special exhibitions, and is also a celebration of the Museum's 175th anniversary.
Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte