With the exhibition “Mythos Hammaburg – Archaeological Discoveries of Hamburg’s Beginnings” the Archaeological Museum Hamburg opened one of the most exciting chapters of the history of the Hanseatic city: For centuries Hamburg searches for its origins. In this context the Hammaburg – known from written sources – has nearly become a myth. The historically important area of the Domplatz, where the nucleus of Hamburg is believed to lie, was the focus of three big archaeological excavation campains in the years 1949-56, 1980-87 and 2005/06.
For years archaeologists have connected historic traditions with the latest exhibition results to present the earliest history of the city comprehensively in an exhibition. It focused on the 8th to 12th century. The exhibition shed a light on the first traces of a Hamburg settlement, the first mention of Hammaburg in the earliest archives, the life and work of the missionary Ansgar as well as the viking raid in 845. Important excavated objects were exhibited that had not been open to the public until then. Loaned objects from other museums, archives and churches added to the spectacular presentation.
A considerable educational programme accompanied the exhibition and an extensive scientific tome was published.
The Harburg Kulturtag (“culture day”) in the autumn of each year has become an integral part of the lively art and culture scene in Hamburg. This year it takes place for the 17th time. On Sunday, the 8th of November, from 12.00 to 20.00 all important cultural institutions from Harburg present themselves here.
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