Opened in 2013, the Archäologische Vitrine is located in the Elisengarten (Elisen Garden) and shows the history of Aachen's settlement.
In the years before, thousands of archaeological finds were excavated from under the Elisengarten. As citizens took much interest in it, the city had the idea to preserve a little part of the excavation site. The idea was realised in form of a high-grade steel / glass cabinet that offers the visitors a view on a 60 square meters part of the originally 2000 square meters large excavation site.
Displays all around the vitrine tell the history of Aachen's settlement, the excavation and its finds.
The oldest finds are from about 4700 B.C. (more details under 'Exhibitions')
Fun & Interesting
Evidence was found that, as early as the 3rd century, people had underfloor heating. Isn't that amazing?
The exhibition shows a part of the archaeological site where about 70000 (!) pieces from 4700 B.C. to late medieval times were unearthed between 2007-2010.
The pieces showed evidence that settlements and craftsman's workshops existed in this area continuously throughout five millennia. The oldest finds are dated around 4700 BC, a stone as a sort of stool for a flint worker and half-finisehd stone axes with blades made of flint.
Wooden accommodation facilities from the Roman empire showed that the Roman thermae welcomed many visitors during the 2nd to 4th century. The Romans even erected first stone houses in the course of the 1st century.
Another interesting find is the fragments of a Mediterranean plate dated 1st or 2nd century. This allows drawing the conclusion that a flow of trade existed with these areas.
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