Archaeologist François Bertemes in the institute’s repository
© Maike Glöckner
21.10.2019 in Featured, Science, Research

Early networks

For eight years, Professor François Bertemes coordinated research on the context of Nebra Sky Disc. The discovery of the disc has prompted archaeologists to completely rethink their notions about life in the Early Bronze Age. Read more

Landesarchäologe Harald Meller (links) und Geologe Gregor Borg mit der Himmelsscheibe von Nebra
© Maike Glöckner
21.10.2019 in Featured

Gold fever

Researchers solve mystery surrounding the Nebra Sky Disk – with a precious metal playing a decisive role in more than just the famous Bronze Age discovery. Read more

Soil scientists travel to the remote Bale Mountains to conduct research.
© Indrik Myneur / CC 2.0 BY
13.10.2016 in Featured, Research, Science

Ice age in Ethiopia: refuge in the mountains?

Did the people in Ethiopia take refuge in the mountains during the last great ice age 16,000 years ago? An international team of soil scientists, archaeologists and biologists are conducting research on this as part of a new project entitled “The Mountain Exile Hypothesis”. To do this, soil scientists from Halle will be traveling to the remote Sanetti Plateau to examine the soil there and use modern biogeochemical methods to look for traces of mankind that are thousands of years old. Read more

Petroglyphs near Sepasar in the Armenian highlands of Syunik.
© Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, Juraj Liptak
01.10.2014 in Research, Science

Rocks relay messages from the Bronze Age

The Armenian highlands in Syunik Province on the border to Nagorno-Karabakh are home to breathtakingly beautiful volcanic landscapes made up of massive basalt rock. Thousands of pictures depicting animals and humans have been chiselled into these rocks by prehistoric people. Archaeologists from Saxony-Anhalt have joined forces with colleagues from Armenia to study and document these cliff drawings, which date back at least 5,000 years. Their aim is to submit a World Cultural Heritage application to UNESCO. Read more

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