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SAND FLOTSAM - Archaeological findings on Petriplatz

An exhibition of the Mitte Museum in cooperation with the Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung (Senate Administration for Urban Development) / Landesdenkmalamt Berlin (Berlin State Monuments Office)

From 3 October 2008 to 24 May 2009 the Mitte Museum am Festungsgraben shows a comprehensive selection of objects found in the current archaeological excavations on Petriplatz. Among the objects displayed are astonishing tools and vessels which were hidden deep in the medieval layers of soil, as well as gold and pearl jewellery from the graves of the inhabitants of the old city of Cölln.

Although the archaeological works on Petriplatz have not been concluded yet, Berlin citizens and their guests can take a look at these fascinating new finds, thanks to the initiative of the Mitte Museum. We are presenting the latest excavated objects along with interesting facts worth knowing about city history in a clear and exciting way - a must for all history buffs.

Handmade - Archaeological drawings from Berlin

As part of the 12th Berlin Archaeological Convention, an exhibition on the history and importance of archaeological hand drawings in Berlin was opened in the Mitte Museum am Festungsgraben on 5 November 2008. The graphics exhibition is called "Handmade. Archaeological drawings from Berlin" and essentially resulted from a seminar of Humboldt-Universität in Berlin held by archaeologist Claudia Maria Melisch.

Archaeological objects and excavation findings have always been drawn by hand. These drawings remained mostly unknown to the public, as they were intended for the working and publishing needs of researchers and museums. This old art of drawing has been replaced more and more frequently by modern measuring and presentation methods. Students from the Winckelmann-Institut für Klassische Archäologie went perusing the archives of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Museum of prehistory and early history) and the Landesdenkmalamt Berlin (Berlin State Monuments Office) to investigate the importance of hand drawings to archaeological research. They came across a variety of interesting people and their work. The exhibition invites you to take a short graphic stroll through the history of the art of archaeological drawings in Berlin.

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