Speaker: Prof. Dr. Rainer-Maria Weiss, Director of the Archaeological Museum Hamburg
The Archaeological Museum Hamburg presents a new lecture in the series “Window into History” on Thursday, 17th January 2019 at 18.00. Prof. Dr. Rainer-Maria Weiss, director of the Archaeological Museum Hamburg, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the exciting preparations for the current exhibition “Margiana – A Kingdom of the Bronze Age in Turkmenistan”.
The Archaeological Museum Hamburg presents the special exhibition “Margiana – A Kingdom of the Bronze Age in Turmenistan” until 17th February 2019. An exhibition whose preparation in some respects was also something special for the museum. Margiana – this historic landscape in eastern Turkmenistan was the cradle of a fascinating Bronze Age civilization some 5,000 years ago. It is a culture that is quite equal to that of Mesopotamia, but has hardly been known in Europe outside professional circles. The idea for this exhibition was already created in 2005, when Prof. Dr. Rainer-Maria Weiss, director of the Archaeological Museum Hamburg, participated in an international archaeological congress in Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat and visited the local archaeological sites. Since then, he has been to Turkmenistan several times and has made intensive contacts there, conducting negotiations on many diplomatic and political levels and promoting the realization of this exhibition project.
However, many obstacles had to be overcome before the opening of the exhibition in Hamburg took place. Prof. Dr. Rainer-Maria Weiss will report in his lecture on the prerequisites for this large-scale cooperation project in order to show for the first time the archaeological evidence of the mysterious culture of Margiana outside Turkmenistan.
The lecture series continues: On 31st January 2019, Dr. Mike Teufer from the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin will also be giving a lecture on the current exhibition of the museum. His topic is “Research on the Bronze and Early Iron Age in Southern Tajikistan”.
Harburger Rathausplatz 5