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Neanderthals and the like

Interspersed with state-of-the-art projection technology, the evolution of man and his ancestors over the past six million years is on display here. The focal point is the Neanderthal Man from the Neanderthal Valley, undoubtedly the most famous fossil in the history of mankind. The sensational new findings from excavations that took place in 1997 and 2000 are presented together with recent results of the "Neanderthals" international research project. The double burial in Bonn-Oberkassel, discovered in 1914, takes you to the end of the Late Paleolithic Age 14,000 years ago when the last Ice Age was approaching its end and mammoths and reindeer had already withdrawn from our latitudes. The fact of the double burial and the dog buried alongside as an attest of one of the earliest domesticated dogs in the world as well as the works of art found there make the grave one of the most important late Ice Age finding complexes in all of Europe.

Numerous pieces of evidence of Ice Age art and the mask of a shaman from Bedburg-Königshoven afford a fascinating insight into the magical world of late Ice Age hunters. Evidence of the first farmers along the Rhine attests to drastic changes in the way people lived at the time. Ornamental axes made of jadeite and the gold beaker from Fritzdorf stand as status symbols for foreign trade thousands of years ago already.


LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn

Tel. +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 0, Fax +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 299

Opening Hours Museum

TUE - FRI, SON 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., SAT 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., MON closed

Guided tours for school groups available from 10 a.m.

Opening Hours Library

MON - FRI 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.