In autumn 2020, the small gold ring from Ammerbuch-Reusten, the oldest gold artefact in south-west Germany to date, came to light during archaeological research excavations. Gold plays a special role in all contemporary societies. It is considered an insignia of power and wealth and serves as a symbol of splendour, sunshine and ideals. With the onset of greater social differentiation, gold with its specific lustre played a special role in the representation of power and status. What cultural-historical development did societies in our region have to go through before the prerequisites for the use of precious metals in the Tübingen area were met? This exhibition sketches the path from the first settled farming communities in south-western Germany to the appearance of the oldest gold in an Early Bronze Age woman's grave near Ammerbuch-Reusten. It is a joint project of the Institute for Prehistory, Early History and Medieval Archaeology at the University of Tübingen and the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments in Baden-Württemberg.
22 September 2023 till 14 January 2024
Museum „Ancient Cultures“ Hohentübingen Castle
Burgsteige 11, 72070 Tübingen
Wed-Sun 10-17 h; Thu 10-19 h
The exhibition traces the path from the first settled farming communities in south-western Germany to the appearance of the earliest gold in an Early Bronze Age woman's grave near Ammerbuch-Reusten. The basis is the excavations carried out since autumn 2017 by our institute in cooperation with the State Office in Ammerbuch-Entringen, "Unteres Feld" and "Tiefer Weg", Ammerbuch-Pfäffingen, "Lüsse", Ammerbuch-Reusten, "Grüninger" and Tübingen-Unterjesingen, "Ammerbühlen". Various seminars served to prepare the exhibition.
Stations on the way to the exhibition:
Mona Korolnik with one of the restored Early Neolithic large vessels from Ammerbuch-Pfäffingen, "Lüsse" in summer 2023.
Students of the Institute sifting out finds in Ammerbuch-Entringen, "Tiefer Weg" in spring 2023
Block recovery of an Early Bronze Age grave near Ammerbuch-Reusten, "Grüninger" in autumn 2020
Christoph Berthold and Birgit Schorer examining the Early Bronze Age gold ring from Reusten in spring 2021.
Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
Institute for Prehistory, Early History and Archaeology of the Middle Ages
Prof. Dr. Raiko Krauß
Gold im Ammertal. Das Ende der Steinzeit im Raum Tübingen
Schriften des Museums der Universität Tübingen MUT, hg. von Ernst Seidl, Bd. 27
Tübingen: MUT 2023
294 pages with 274 colour images
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