Exhibition archive

25 February 2014 to 10 January 2016

FROZEN STORIES

Discoveries in the Alpine glaciers

Climate change also has its archaeological aspect. It can bring to light what has been hidden under glacial ice for a very long time. Ötzi was not the only lucky find of the last decades. Many other objects have been exposed from the ice, recounting exciting stories from a distant past. And every new discovery gives rise to the question: What was it that drove people onto the glaciers for thousands of years?

22 Januray 2013 to 19 January 2014

mysteriX

Enigmatic finds from South Tyrol

Unique archaeological finds from the Bronze Age, the Iron Age and Roman times are mystifying researchers and scientists: What were the objects used for and what is their significance? Come on in, kids! Pretend to be the researchers. Rack your brains, discover and deduce. Solve these mysteries for us!

01 March 2011 to 13 January 2013

Ötzi²°

Life. Science. Fiction. Reality

Marking the 20th anniversary of his discovery, the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bozen has dedicated a Special Exhibition to Ötzi, the Iceman. The Museum has also presented the new reconstruction of Ötzi at the opening of the exhibition.

10 March 2009 to 25 October 2009

MUMMIES

The dream of everlasting life

Displaying over 60 mummies, numerous accompanying findings and precious burial offerings, this exhibition provided fascinating insight into mummification, a phenomenon encompassing different periods in time and places in the world. The exhibition took the visitors to different natural environments and cultures that unwind from the dinosaurs to Ötzi and Ancient Egypt to the modern day.The exhibition entitled MUMMIES. The dream of everlasting life was conceived by the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums in Mannheim; its original content has been re-adapted for the show in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. In his quality of one of the most important mummies worldwide, Ötzi was at the core of this special exhibition.

22 January 2008 to 18 May 2008

Body signs

Communicating through skin

Beginning with the more than 60 tattoos found on the Iceman’s body, the exhibition displayed examples of tattoos, scarification’s and body dyeing within the different prehistoric and ancient cultures, examining their function, symbolic meaning and social context, without losing sight of our modern day society. Some ethnographic examples amplified and completed the panorama of the phenomenon of body modifications. All over the world, people communicate through their skin. Body modifications, above all in non-European societies, represent a fundamental element within rituals that mark the different phases of the life of man. Body ornamentation characterizes the identity of a person, distinguishing them from others and revealing their membership to a family group, social rank, ethnic group or a religious community. Cases taken from National Socialism, but also from ancient Greece and Rome, demonstrate that people were stigmatized and marked by means of tattoos. A large number of examples from New Zealand, New Guinea, India, Guinea, Congo, central Brazil, Alaska and Europe highlight the different aspects of the phenomenon and point out the richness and complexity of the world conceptions of different cultures.

16 January 2007 to 13 May 2007

The bow and arrow in the Stone Age

From the Stone Age to today

We have drawn an arc from the Stone Age to today. This was an exhibition for the whole family. For thousands of years the bow and arrow was an essential hunting tool and combat weapon of our ancestors. It allowed people to feed themselves and fend off enemies. The exhibition showed the material and tools used to fashion bows and arrows in the Stone Age and how efficient and accurate they were. In the program of events accompanying the exhibition, there was an opportunity for visitors to watch technical archaeologists, to construct bows and arrows themselves and to put their own archery skills to the test.

21 February 2006 to 11 June 2006

Stereotypes

Perceptions of everyday life in prehistoric times

Archaeologic stereotypes and reconstructions depict an idyllic picture of life in prehistoric times. But they are only part of the truth. Moreover, they reflect our view of a world in which it is believed that traditional values of society applied. The exhibition questions the messages from archaeological stereotypes that influence the current debate about relationships between genders and generations.

11 August 2006 to 15 November 2006

The secret of the cloud people

The Chachapoyas in the Peruvian cloud forests

From 800 AD, the Chachapoyas, who have yet to be fully researched, populated the densely forested mountain spurs of the Peruvian Andes. The Chachapoyas were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century, shortly before the arrival of the Spanish. They were wiped out in the 16th century by infectious diseases introduced from Europe. The cloud people buried their dead in two-and-a-half-metre-high stone caves. It is unclear whether the dead were embalmed and their internal organs removed like Egyptian mummies. Twelve human mummies were on display as well as over 100 everyday and decorative textiles, pottery, wooden objects and metal implements. The cloud people’s environment has been reconstructed as far as possible using models and maps.

22 Febraury 2005 to 16 June 2005

Radiant from head to toe

Beauty and bodycare in Roman times

How did the Romans look after their appearance? How did they adorn themselves? Did they clean their teeth? What evidence in South Tyrol can tell us about the Roman’s personal hygiene? These and other questions have been addressed in a thematic excursion in the Roman Department of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. New discoveries and original artefacts never before displayed as well as illustrations and hands-on replicas from South Tyrol formed the focus of the presentation, which portrays many aspects of Roman life for children and adults alike.

07 October 2003 to 22 February 2004

Our ancestors

The evolution of man

The exhibition, tailor-made for children, traced the evolution of man, which, according to the latest research, began seven million years ago. The exhibition displayed the living environment and stone tools of our ancestors from Australopithecus to Homo sapiens sapiens. This was a special exhibition by the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in cooperation with the Natural History Museum in Verona.

19 November 2002 to 16 February 2003

In the name of the Gods

Cults during Ötzi’s time

The discovery of a new archaeological site from the copper age on the Pigloner Kopf, on the Monte di Mezzo in 1995 attracted the attention of the archaeological research. Looking at the vertiginous rocky cliffs, the fallen boulders and the deep crevices, a thought springs to mind: What particular significance had this place? It’s hidden treasures leads us into the spiritual world of the copper age in the Alps.

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