by Katrin Hieke


Welcome to the fifth edition of our annual Ice Age Europe magazine! It highlights the many activities taking place at the
different Ice Age sites across Europe – from research and conservation to education and communication.

A special focus this year is devoted to Neanderthal research, which continues to produce new and exciting discoveries – from Portugal, where our new member Côa Museum and Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley is at home, all the way across the continent to Croatia (pages 14-21).

It is a cherished tradition to welcome guest authors in every issue. This year, Sanjin Mihelic, Zagreb Archaeological Museum and Ivor Janković, Institute for Anthropological Research, Croatia, introduce us to iNEAL, a new international network of Neanderthal scholars, in which several of our members are partners (see pages 6-7). 

Like all museums and sites in the world, we have been concerned with the pandemic since last year. The team of Ekainberri reflects on pandemics in Prehistoric times and today and we see Fumane Cave as well as MUSE, Science Museum of Trento, as examples of how the educational offers for visitors could be adapted to the new situation (see pages 8-13). 

This and all previous editions of our magazine are available online only and for free here.

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