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.
Digital Domplatz: experience archaeology and city history in multimedia
The tour starts at one of Hamburg’s most important monuments, the Bischofsturm (“bishop’s tower”). The ring-shaped tower foundation from the 12th century is the oldest surviving stone building in Hamburg’s old town. Over the last two years, the SmartSquare project has created cultural multimedia mediation services here and on the Domplatz.
For the 16th Hamburg Night of the Churches on 14th September 2019 more than 120 churches and other venues open their gates. The Archaeological Museum Hamburg is also part of this year’s event and will be offering various guided tours and a lecture on this day to illuminate church and formerly ecclesiastical locations for the public also from an archaeological perspective.
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