LOST & FOUND is open!

(c) South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology / manuelatessaro.it

“LOST & FOUND – Archaeology in South Tyrol before 1919” is open!

What does the new special exhibition have in common with a lost-and-found office?

Things that someone has lost or perhaps not. For example, numerous archaeological finds from South Tyrol that were discovered by chance or were excavated more of less scientifically before 1919. Many have been scattered across the world because of the art trade and the collecting activities of museums. Some finds had been overlooked for more than a hundred years until the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology went looking for them.

For the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of St. Germain, which awarded the southern half of Tyrol to Italy, Günther Kaufmann and Andreas Putzer have sifted through collections, archives and repositories in Europe and overseas. The two curators found what they were looking for and discovered numerous finds, some that had been lost and others that were completely unknown. All of them have broadened our knowledge of the archaeological wealth in the area of modern South Tyrol.

Over 1000 exciting and rare objects with clear origins were ultimately chosen by Kaufmann and Putzer for the entertaining special exhibition. For a limited time the finds may now be shown where they were originally discovered.

How do you deal with rediscovered archaeological pieces? Come, see and be amazed!

The new special exhibition “LOST & FOUND – Archaeology in South Tyrol before 1919” is open and waiting for curious visitors until 17 Nov. 2019.


Photo: For a jar of wine a worker sold an Etruscan bronze statuette in the 1860s, which he had found on the banks of the Sulden stream. (c) South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/manuelatessaro.it

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