KARLSRUHE, GERMANY: The Baadisches Landesmuseum is hosting the exhibition The Neolithic Period in Transition: The Michelsberg Culture and Central Europe 6.000 years ago on societal changes in the early stone age, focussing on Stone Age culture in southern Germany. Around one thousand years after the establishment of the Neolithic in Central Europe radical cultural changes took place. A second colonisation process involved the occupation of previously uninhabited areas.
Furthermore this period is also characterized by many technological innovations, like the use of copper, the invention of plough, wheel and wagon. Changes in burial customs, together with new cult practices confirm transformations of the society and religious conceptions. With over 400 exhibits, the exhibition in the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe illustrates this momentous cultural change. Based on the subject areas of technology, crafts, food, trade, economy, society and the cult of the dead, it offers different perspectives on the daily life of the people of that time. On display are tools, jewelry and vessels, but also the oldest copper and precious metal discoveries in Central Europe. The exhibition provides insights into the life of 6,000 years ago. The Exhibition begins with the central European Michelsberg Culture (4300 3600 BC), named after a hilltop site, discovered more than 120 years ago a few kilometers north of Karlsruhe.
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Jan van der Crabben
published on 04 January 2011
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