by Gerd-Christian Weniger

Neanderthal man on the way to World Heritage

The workshop with 25 international experts from archeology, UNESCO and the German Federal Foreign Office early November 2017 at the Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann/Germany proved to be a great success.
The participants were able to draw on the preparatory work of the network Ice Age Europe, which since 2013 has sought to promote the Ice Age heritage of Europe and has laid the foundation for close cooperation. As a result it was agreed to further pursue a serial, transnational nomination process.

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by Gerd-Christian Weniger

Towards a Transnational Serial Nomination of European Neanderthal Sites

More than a thousand sites in 167 countries are already inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Yet only a handful of them are discovery sites of human fossils from the Ice Age.
In general, the early human history and the cultural heritage of the Ice Age have a very low visibility: No spectacular architecture rises into the sky, no impressive walls surround the area. Instead, a cave or the unspectacular surface of an open-air site characterizes the place.
But all the more spectacular are the respective circumstances and the scientific significances of the finds that were made there. Milestones of human development with global consequences become tangible in many of those places.

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by Katrin Hieke

Network Members met at MUSE, Trento (Italy)

Our second network meeting in 2017 took place at MUSE. The new science museum in Trento, sitting in a stunning building designed by Renzo Piano, was opened in 2013. It tells the tale of evolution, where mankind comes from and how it interacts with the surrounding environment. The museum considers itself as activist, leading visitors on the path towards a well-balanced relationship between science, nature and society. 
MUSE is also in charge of Dalmeri rock shelter, a key site for the reconstruction of the behavior, the activities and the exploitation of the Alpine territories by the last Paleolithic hunter-gatherers that inhabited the Alps. The most important finds are on show at the exhibitions. 

 

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by Katrin Hieke

New UNESCO World Heritage: Caves and Ice Age Art of the Swabian Alb

On the southern edge of the Swabian Alb lie important prehistoric find spots.
In four caves in the Ach and the Lone Valley (Geißenklösterle, Hohle Fels, Hohlenstein-Stadel, and Vogelherd) figurines of animals and humans were excavated, carved of Mammoth ivory. 

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by Katrin Hieke

Grand Opening of our #IceAgeEuropeNow touring exhibition

What connects Europe? It is not the language, nor is it the currency. It is the cultural heritage we share, common roots which reach all the way back to the Ice Age. The most recent studies show there to be close relationships between all Europeans across the continent.

2017 sees the beginning of a journey for our network as we launch the #IceAgeEuropeNow touring exhibition. The exhibition presents large-format photographs of fascinating archaeological finds, extraordinary objects revealing surprising connections between the past and present.

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by Katrin Hieke

Launch of the Ice Age Europe Magazine

Today we published the first edition of the new Ice Age Europe Magazine!
It showcases the many activities taking place at some of the most important prehistoric sites across Europe, each with a direct connection to ancient human occupation.
This edition contains contributions from each member site, including our two associate members. The centre pages of the magazine has a map of Europe, indicating not only the location of our members but where the coastline of Europe was during the Ice Age.

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by Katrin Hieke

A reason to celebrate: Our 10th network meeting in Burgos, Spain

In the first week of February 2017, the Ice Age Europe network members assembled again to plan the projects of the current year. It has been a special meeting as we celebrated an anniversary: our 10th gathering since the idea to establish the network!

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by Katrin Hieke

"Résonnances" - a sound installation at Isturitz and Oxocelhaya Caves

"Résonnances", created in July 2008, was composed in and for the Isturitz, Oxocelhaya and Erberua Caves. The objective is to present the caves from a very different angle, to reveal their dimensions and spaces as well as the very  unique soundscapes.   

 

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by Katrin Hieke

Network meeting at the home of the oldest Ice Age art

The second network meeting in 2016 took us to the Swabian Alps with it's world famous caves. Our host this time was our member Museum of Prehistory in Blaubeuren, where visitors can dive into our prehistoric past and admire the oldest Ice Age art worldwide.

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by Katrin Hieke

150th anniversary of the discovery of the Solutré site

In 1866, the French geologists and paleontologists Henry Testot-Ferry and Adrien Arcelin discovered the world-famous site of Solutrè, situated in east-central France near Mâcon and marked by the famous rock. The site soon became the name-sake of an industry which unique tool-making techniques were not seen before and not rediscovered for millennia. Numerous excavations with a multitude of discoveries - and still ongoing - revealed it to be an exceptional hunting site and witness of a long human presence.

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by Katrin Hieke

Excavations - Vanguard Cave (J.C.Finlayson)
Excavations - Vanguard Cave (J.C.Finlayson)

Gorham’s Cave Complex, Gibraltar, announced UNESCO World Heritage Site

At the latest session of the World Heritage Committee, July 2016 in Instanbul/Turkey, Gorham’s Cave Complex has been inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The steep limestone cliffs on the eastern side of the Rock of Gibraltar contain four caves with archaeological and paleontological deposits that provide evidence of Neanderthal occupation over a span of more than 125,000 years. This exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Neanderthals is seen notably in evidence of the hunting of birds and marine animals for food, the use of feathers for ornamentation and the presence of abstract rock engravings. Scientific research on these sites has already contributed substantially to debates about Neanderthal and human evolution.

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by Katrin Hieke

Photo: J.C. Finlayson

One step closer to World Heritage status for Gibraltar

Ahead of the vote at the 40th Session of the World Heritage Committee in July 2016, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the official advisory body of the World Heritage Committee for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO, has officially recommended that the site known as the ‘Gibraltar Neanderthal Caves and Environments’ be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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by Katrin Hieke

The Ice Age Europe network continues to grow

We are happy to welcome a new full member in 2016: Espai Orígens Visitor Centre– La Roca dels Bous Archaeological Site in Catalonia, Spain!
Espai Orígens is a visitor centre focused on displaying the Prehistory research of the prepyrenees area, mainly centred to study the prehistoric caves of La Roca dels Bous and Cova Gran.

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by Katrin Hieke

Network Meeting at the English Riviera

Right at the beginning of the year, the Ice Age Europe network members gathered again. This time, the meeting was hosted by one of our founding members Kents Cavern, situated in Devon, UK, in the heart of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark.

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by Katrin Hieke

Dwarfs and Giants- A Question Of Perspective

Dwarfs and giants cavort in myths, legends and fairy tales, from Greek mythology to Grimm's fairy tales and contemporary fantasy literature like "Lord of the rings" or "Harry Potter".
While the giants are threatening and on the margins of society, the dwarfs are usually smart and crafty and live among the people.



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by Katrin Hieke

The mammoths are loose!

A herd of 42 artistically designed mammoths from the Vogelherd Cave are off for a hike!
These oversized replicas of the 40,000-year-old, fully preserved mammoth figure were painted by artists and citizens of the region. Through the acquisition of a mammoth, you can support the district of Heidenheim and social services of the region.

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by Katrin Hieke

Successful Fall Meeting

The network members just returned from a highly productive network meeting at the paläon - Research and Experience Center Schöningen Spears.
During the two-day programm, the participants continued to work on the various network projects in the fields of tourism and marketing, education and touring exhibitions.

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by Katrin Hieke

Ice Age Europe in the Wall Street Journal

We are happy to find long articles about our network and its members in the Wall Street Journal US and Europe edition on July 15 and July 16, 2015 and are a little proud of the international interest our rather young organisation raises!

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by Katrin Hieke

Neanderthal, the European

Neanderthal is the first human fossil, slightly different from us, that was discovered. He developed his individuality in Europe, a continent he occupied until some 35,000 years ago. He descends from the first human groups that spread from Africa throughout Europe about 1,800,000 years ago. Neanderthal acquired his specific morphology on this continent between 500,000 and 120,000 years ago. As from this date, he is called a "classic Neanderthal".

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by Katrin Hieke

Ice Age Europe On Tour: Discover The Ice Age In Central Germany

We are happy to announce the first Ice Age Europe study tour!
Our member paläon and their partner aRuB Reisen invite you to explore famous sites and renowned museums across Central Germany.
The tour takes you behind the scenes of the new paläon and the excavations where the now famous Schöninger spears were discovered. You will meet scientists at the Primate Research Center of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, visit the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle and the Einhorn Cave in the Harz Mountains.

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by Katrin Hieke

Famous Fumane Finds On Show In Rome

The temporary modern art exhibition “VR60768 anthropomorphic figure” opens April 16 in Rome. Twenty works of the contemporary artist Andrea Benetti will be on show, along with copies of the two stones painted 40,000 years ago and found in Fumane Cave.

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by Katrin Hieke

Interested in becoming a network member?

We now welcome applications to become a member from 2016 onwards! New this year is the possibility to apply for associated membership. With this new type of membership we would like to give all those institutions that do not qualify for full membership, i.e. museums or visitor centers with a direct link to an Ice Age/ Palaeolithic or Mesolithic archaeological site, the opportunity to nonetheless participate in the network, albeit on a smaller scale.

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by Katrin Hieke

Symbolic Communication And Modern Culture

The 57th Annual Meeting of the Hugo Obermaier Society will take place April 07–11, 2015 in Heidenheim/ Germany at the invitation of the University of Tübingen, Institute of Prehistory, Early History and Medieval Archaeology and the Förderverein Eiszeitkunst im Lonetal e.V..
Both are closely connected to our members Archaeopark Vogelherd and Museum of Prehistory Blaubeuren.


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by Katrin Hieke

Network Meeting in Solutré

Our recent network member gathering took us to the famous site of Solutré. We climbed up the rock, visited the Maison du Grand Site - Solutré Pouilly Vergisson and the newly opened, fantastic Prehistory Museum of Solutré.
In the network meetings we worked on and refined our many project ideas, including Ice Age Europe group tours, the training of site guides and the creation of innovative learning ressources. We also considered an Ice Age Europe touring exhibition and invented clever network souvenirs, which will soon be available in the museum shops of the network members. In future, the network would also like to welcome associated members. Details will be published soon. 

We believe that 2015 will be another exciting year for the network in which we want to achieve a lot! So stay tuned and keep up to date here, on Facebook or Twitter!

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by Katrin Hieke

50 YEARS URMU - MUSEUM OF PREHISTORY BLAUBEUREN

In 2015, the urmu (Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren/ Museum of Prehistory Blaubeuren) celebrates its 50th anniversary! 50 years ago the archaeologist Gustav Riek - at that time excavating the now famous Brillenhöhle and Große Grotte - proposed to the city of Blaubeuren to establish a small museum to preserve and present his finds.

Today, the museum is considered the center of Ice Age art in Germany.
It has been completely redesigned last year and presents in originals the oldest art and the oldest musical instruments of mankind, found in the caves of the Swabian Alb, in the immediate vicinity of the museum.

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by Katrin Hieke

Ice Age Europe Game now online!

The interactive Ice Age Europe Game is now available on our website! Originally developed for our interactive touchscreen terminals which connect staff and visitors at our member sites throughout Europe, it now also allows our online visitors to learn about Ice Age life and travel through Europe then or today with the roll of a dice ...

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by Katrin Hieke

European Museum Forum collaborates with Ice Age Europe in ECultValue Project

The European Museum Forum (EMF) that works under the auspices of the Council of Europe has been collaborating successfully with many national and international museum associations. Since 2013 the organisation has a signed agreement with ICOM (International Council of Museums) and in 2014 it officially created partnership with NEMO (Network of European Museum Organisations).
The common objective is to strengthen the position of museums and cultural institutions in these turbulent times of sever budget cuts, but also to widen and exchange knowledge in cooperation programmes. This aim linked the Forum with the ICE AGE EUROPE network, first due to personal contacts and then through possibilities to collaborate in the interest of both networks.

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by Katrin Hieke

Launch of the Ice Age Europe terminals

Today our trans-European interactive Ice Age game has been unveiled. Controlled by touchscreen and connecting the Ice Age Europe network members via web, the game takes young visitors on a journey comparing Europe today to Ice Age Europe with no frontiers.
Have there always been border controls?  How big is a mammoth dung heap? Did Ice Age kids go to school? The terminals allow students of all ages to a play a dice game across a virtual map of Europe answering questions about Europe today and Europe with no boundaries during the Ice Age, highlighting the location of the most important sites of ancient human occupation.

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by Katrin Hieke

Ice Age Europe @ Gibraltar

The latest meeting of the network members took place in October 2014 in sunny Gibraltar. We shared news from the member sites, discovered 'The Rock' and it's history and even went to visit the famous Gorhams Cave. Most of all, we started to develop new projects in the areas of education, staff exchange and tourism, which will be implemented step by step in the next year. So watch out for more news!

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by Katrin Hieke

The New Ice Age Europe booklet is out!

The 2014 edition presents the Ice Age Europe network, its objectives and the 18 members from 7 European countries.

It is available both for download and for reading online here.


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by Katrin Hieke

Interested in becoming a network member?

Is your institution interested in becoming a full Ice Age Europe network member? 
We have now compiled a check list and set up the time frame for applications. You can find all details online here
Don´t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

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by Katrin Hieke

Reopening of the Prehistory Museum Blaubeuren May 2014

The Venus of Hohle Fels, the oldest known human representation of the world, is the new star of the Prehistory Museum in Blaubeuren. The figure measures nearly six inches, is 40,000 years old and emphasizes what is necessary for the creation and survival of mankind since time immemorial: a sweeping pelvic and a nourishing breast.

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by Katrin Hieke

Network Meeting

In January 2014, the network members met at the Arkeologi Museoa in Bilbao to discuss a wide range of areas of co-operation with a focus on potential partnerships and projects suitable for funding. Funding has already been secured from the Government of North Rhine-Westphalia for a project that will virtually connect all the member sites through touch-screen stations. It will allow visitors to communicate in real time with visitors in other sites and will make them aware of the network member sites which they can visit across the continent.

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by Katrin Hieke

Welcome!

The Ice Age Europe network welcomes three new members in 2014: 
Ekainberri - The Replica of the Ekain Cave, Basque Country/ Spain
Archäopark Vogelherd, Germany
Préhistomuseum, Belgium.
Thus, the network has become even stronger and now consists of 18 partners in 7 European countries! If you are interested in joining, please click here.

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by Blogger

Museographic renovation

After more than 25 years of existence, the museum of Solutré has embarked on a project of museographic renovation to improve and modernize the presentation of collections but also to renew the scientific discourse and integrate the new problems of  prehistory research.

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by Gerd-Christian Weniger

The Collaborative Research Centre "Our Way to Europe" steps into its second phase

One of the largest European projects on the expansion of Pleistocene modern humans from Africa to Europe steps into its second phase. After a two-day assessment by an international commission, another four years of research of the Collaborative Research Centre "Our Way to Europe" have been approved. About 70 researchers of the Universities of Cologne, Bonn and Aachen are involved, and with them the Neanderthal Museum.

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by Redakteur

Research Projects of the Museum of Altamira

The Museum of Altamira is also a research centre whose objectives include the study of prehistory, humankind’s first art, and its dissemination among society to improve knowledge and awareness of its value and the requirement for its protection.

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by Redakteur

Prehistory Museum of Solutre

Projects of the Prehistory Museum of Solutre

After more than 25 years of existence, the Solutré Museum has been getting involved in a museographic project for improving and modernizing the presentation of collections and also for renewing the scientific thought and the new issues in research about prehistory.

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by Redakteur

Stone Age Children

Where can we find traces of Stone Age children in archaeological sources? Did prehistoric hunters and gatherers have a concept of childhood? Which finds and findings support this idea? The Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann (Germany) seeks to answer those questions in their latest temporary exhibition.

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