Between 2012 and 2014 the Archaeological Museum Hamburg conducted numerous excavations iu the Harburger Schloßstraße in Hamburg-Harburg. The project was the biggest city core dig in Hamburg and was one of the biggest excavations of this kind in Germany. Since then the archaeologists evaluated their excavation results and shed some light on the darkness of the time of Harburg’s founding with the special exhibition “Excavated. Archaeological Harburg” beginning on 24 November 2015. This exhibition presented the newest research concerning settlement development, ways of doing business and the daily life of then inhabitants of Harburg.


The Harburger Schloßstraße – an exciting history book beneath the earth

With the exhibition “Excavated. Archaeological Harburg” for the first time the Archaeological Museum connected historical traditions with the latest archaeological excavation results. The scientists had the opportunity to examine this historically important for two years and seven months. On the Harburger Schlossinsel (“Castle Island”) around the year 1000 the Horeburg, the “Swamp Fort” was built and from this place the marches of Hamburg’s south were populated. The medieval city centre along the Harburger Schloßstraße is a topographically remarkable area as the course of the road did not change for over 1 000 years – perfect conditions for archaeologists who want to explore the early settlement history of Harburg

The examined layers of the archaeological excavation told of the beginnings of Harburg as a border fortress and the later place of residence of the Harburg dukes, of the military in the 17th and 18th century and of the industrialisation. Objects that have been restored with great effort were presented for the first time.


A look at the Harburger Schloßstraße during the past centuries – Exhibition and accompanying programme

The exhibition “Excavated. Archaeological Harburg” answered questions about the history of the Harburger Schloßstraße – thanks to newest research. Chosen excavated objects provided insight into the different ways of living and working of the early inhabitants of Harburg: Elaborate pilgrims badges for example showed the importance of religion and faith in the city and proof Harburg’s importance as a transition place for pilgrims in the 15th and 16th century. Furthermore the exhibition focused on the importance of Harburg as a port and place of transshipment and thus the centuries old friction between Harburg and the Hanse city Hamburg which is known by many people to this day.


Special Exhibition

Museumsplatz 2
21073 Hamburg

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