Edizione aurina – Photo exhibition by Konrad Laimer
This years’ photo exhibition at the archeoParc cafeteria, Edizione aurina, is all about copper. Already 5000 years ago this material was processed to jewelry, tools and arms. The pictures shown on the tables were taken in Val Aurina valley during the workshops “Metallgeruch/metal odour” (2001-2003) organized in collaboration with the Moore College of Art Philadelphia. The goldsmith Konrad Laimer and the stonesculptor Daniel Peter showed how to work with copper from the St. Ignaz gallery (Predoi in Val Aurina valley). In his laboratory in Naturno Konrad Laimer still creates copper jewelry using simplest materials and techniques.
5th Prehistoric Championship in Val Senales valley
P.S. The next Val Senales Championship will take place the last weekend of September 2017 (September 23-24).
The construction site on November
The archeoParc closed for visitors on 6 November and now the construction site is ready for winter too: the last works for this year are done and the houses ready to outlast until springtime, when works will continue…
The larch-shingle roof of the house Villandro Plunacker was finished just in time.
Also the house Parma-via Guidorossi is winterproof. The roof and the missing side walls will be added in springtime.
The house Brescia-San Polo was the first to be completed and seems to deal well with the first snow and ice.
A view from above
For our new site map Fritz Götsch from Video Aktiv took pictures from the visitors centre, the open-air area and the construction site with a drone. Here some photos of the archeoParc seen from a bird’s-eye perspective, framed by the autumn coloured larch forest .
Visitor’s book October 2016
Muchas gracias por esté luegos donde se aprende mucho.
Es war sehr, sehr schön! Und das Stockbrot war lecker!
Emil aus Köln
Molto bello, mi è piacuto tanto, il vostro archeoparc è stato bellissimo.
Thank you for this interesting and educational visit!
Martijn & Jennifer
First time on water
Our dug out mastered its first water-trip at the archeoParc fish pond. The coming sommer it will be ready to carry also our visitors!
Wood in the rural architecture
Wednesday, 26 October we were glad to house a presentation by Dr. Helmut Stampfer at the archeoParc Cafeteria.
Visitor’s book September 2016!
Große Klasse! Der Herr Museumspädagoge ist super toll. Vielen Dank für einen abwechslungsreichen und kurzweiligen Nachmittag!
Sylvia Böttcher, Florian und Kinder
Zum Geburtstag alles Gute und weiterhin viel Glück für die „Ötzi-Welt“ wünschen Hannelore und Sylvia aus Osnabrück/Oldenburg
Wir wünschen weiterhin viele nette Urlauber und Gäste die ins Tal kommen, nicht nur am Geburtstag vom Ötzi.
Thomas und Anja
And the winner is…
Saturday: At the archery competition of the European Championship for Prehistoric Weapons in Val Senaels valley the winner in the category men is Daniel Müller (CH), followed ex aequo by Kurt Mischler (CH) and Patrick Weyeneth (CH).
In the category women prevailed Karen Storks (D). Conny Heinzelmann (CH) and Bärbel Berhorst (D) are in second and third place.
In the category children Kilian Diehm (D) won the tournament ahead of Daniele Capitanio (I) and Alexander Mattasch (D).
Sunday: The atlatl competition, category men, was won by Ansgar Lukas (D), Fritz Mischler (CH) arrived second and Reinhold Schnücker (D) third.
Ursula Räss (CH) was the best woman, followed by Maike Lukas (D) and ex aequo Nadja Kiesewetter (D) and Conny Heinzelmann (CH).
Kilian Diehm (D) won also the atlatl competition in the category children, on the second place arrived Liam Lukas (D) and on third place Tom Lukas (D).
5. European Championship for Prehistoric Weapons in Val Senales valley
Finally! Saturday, 24 September and Sunday, 25 September the archeoParc Val Senales for the 5th time organizes a competition of the European Prehistoric Championship. During the year there are hold competitions in different European countries in order to determinate the European Champion in the categories men, women and children. The participants from Germany, Austria, Swiss and Italy shoot with bow and arrow Saturday afternoon and with the atlatl on Sunday. Everyone is invited to come either as a spectator or as a participant in the non-competitive category.
If you want more information check out the program and invitation.
Visitor’s book August 2016
Man hätte was verpasst, wäre man nicht hier gewesen. Einfach begeisternd!
Doris Beringer mit Familie
Lieber Park, es hat uns super gefallen! Das Bogenschießen haben wir mindestens zweimal gemacht. Es war super toll! Eure vier Jankas
Andreas, Michaela,Lena, Isabell
La famille VanKleef et Vanderheyden a apprécié l’authenticité de ce musée. Bravo pour les futúrs ameinagements.
De Chimay en Belgique
Una perla di cultura incastonata in un paradiso di natura. Vivissimi complimenti
Fam. Latini da Valmontone (RM)
What do you see on this picture?
A guessing game for those who were here quite often…
What lies on the blaze of the campfire at the open-air area? Make a guess and write your tip to firstname.lastname@example.org until 30th September. Everyone who participates will take part in a drawing for a family ticket.
Ötzi Glacier Tour with Tamara Lunger
The construction site on August and September
28 August: Wulf Hein and his team managed to (almost) finish the archeoParc-dugout in four days. The finishing touches will be add in a few months and until then the silver fur-boat dries up in the shadow of the Val Senales larch forest…
29 August: Lukas Kuntner and Andreas Oberhofer discussing the next steps:
31 August: A happy day for all the museum educators of the archeoParc: the house Parma-Via Guidorossi , where will be hold neolithic days in the future, finally has his clay floor…
2 September: The ridge of the house Villanuova sul Clisi-Monte Covolo is done:
6 September: The house Villanders-Plunacker is plastered with clay:
Ötzi’s discovery date in a mowed meadow of the farm Obergamphof near the lago di Vernago Lake:
Call for Papers Experimental Archaeology Conference in Leiden (NL)
Please note this Call for Papers: The 10th Experimental Archaeology Conference is held over 20th to 22nd April 2017 at Leiden, Netherlands. The Call for Papers is currently open and will remain so until 1st September 2016. The organisers encourage papers that present new work in experimental archaeology, especially projects which strongly relate to the archaeological record or deal with ways of promoting experimental archaeology in academic research as well as communicating experiments to the academic community and to the public.
3rd Bolzano Mummy Congress
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the discovery of Ötzi the third Bolzano Mummy Congress is hosted in September 2016. Experts on the fields of medicine, archaeology, anthropology, botany and other subjects are going to exchange information concerning the current state of research about Ötzi and the findings at the Tinsenjoch.
The following people will speak between the 19th and 21st September in the auditorium of the EURAC in Bolzano: Albert Zink, Angelika Fleckinger, Frank Maixner, Valentina Coia, Amaury Cazenave-Gassiot, Marek Janko, Thomas Rattei, Andreas Keller, Günther Kaufmann, Walter Leitner, Hubert Steiner, Andreas Putzer, Umberto Tecchiati, Annaluisa Pedrotti, Gerhard Sperl, Gilberto Artioli, Ivana Angelini, Caterina Canovaro, Benno Baumgarten, Günther Kaufmann, Alex Barker, Edward Liebow, Emlyn Koster, Klaus Oeggl, James Dickson, Wolfgang Müller, Walter Kutschera, Paolo Gabrielli, Patrizia Pernter, Paul Gostner, Stephanie Panzer, Chiara Villa, Niels Lynnerup, Oliver Peschel, Alexander Horn, Ursula Wierer, Paola Salzani, Niall O’Sullivan, Carney Matheson, Manuel Lizarralde, Martin Callanan, Sandra Lösch, Amelie Alterauge, Oliver Gauert, Valeria Mattiangeli, Valentina Depellegrin, Beat Schmutz, Marco Samadelli, Ludwig Moroder, Marcello Melis, Maximilian Moser, Francesco Avanzini, Rolando Füstös, Piero Cosi, Andrea Sandi, Frank Rühli, Patrizia Pernter, Catrin Marzol. Information about the schedule and registration is available on the EURAC-Website.
On 20th September between 18:00 and 19:00 a Round Table with the topic Ötzi’s death is held, which engages in new conclusions to this issue. This is a public event in German language, which will be translated simultaneously. The event is concluded by an aperitif between 19:00 and 20:30.
The Bolzano Mummy Congress was created seven years ago by the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman of the EURAC Bolzano. The third edition is organized by the EURAC in cooperation with the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.
Ötzi Glacier Tour with Tamara Lunger on 30 August
Every Tuesday from June to April, guided glacier tours take place to the discovery site of Ötzi, the Iceman, at 3,210 m (10,532 ft.) above sea level. The Ötzi Glacier Tour crosses along the main ridge of the Alps, an area of outstanding natural beauty, goes by the discovery site of the Stone Age mummy, the Similaun Refuge and down through the Tisen Valley. Who wants to experience this special day round trip in special company can’t miss out the appointment on 30 August, when Tamara Lunger is going to attend the tour. The thirty-year-old is one of the most popular extreme mountain climbers from South Tyrol. At the latest since Tamara Lunger made it to summit of K2 two years ago without the use of oxygen and without the help of Sherpas, she has been among the elite in the world of mountain sports.
Further information and reservation
Visitor’s Book July 2016
Ich fand es toll dass die Forscher so viel über Ötzi geforscht haben.
Il museo è bellissimo! Abbiamo visitato con molto interesse e curiosità. Ci siamo divertiti tantissimo
Eleonora, Massimo e Irene, Firenze
Ci è piaciuto tutto: tiro con l’arco e macinare come gli uomini primitivi.
Alice e Matteo
Very interesting. Thanks!
Ötzi Glacier Tour with Hans Kammerlander
European Championship for Prehistoric Weapons
We’re happy to announce the fifth Prehistoric Weapons European Championship close to Iceman’s discovery site in Val Senales valley/Italy on September 24-25!
Information in English: www.archeoparc.it/PrehChamInfo_en.pdf
Einladung in deutscher Sprache: www.archeoparc.it/PrehChamInfo_dt.pdf
Invito in lingua italiana: www.archeoparc./PrehChamInfo_it.pdf
Information en Français: www.archeoparc.it/PrehChamInfo_fr.pdf
Looking forward to welcome you at our place!
Here some happy memories from September 2015: http://bit.ly/1P59eVP
Brescia-San Polo’s and Villanders-Plunacker’s last beams are placed
The 8th of July we held a traditional topping out ceremony, the so called “Firstfeier” or “Richtfest” (this is how our friends from Germany call it). Many thanks to Reinald Tirler, Reinhold Kuppelwieser, Michael Stofner, Wulf Hein, Wolfgang Thiel and Lukas, Patrick, Ewald, Julian, Helmut, Karl, Sebastian, Finn and all the others for the marvellous work!!!!
Enjoy the picture of the Brescia-San Polo house with the beautiful pinus cembra we placed atop of the new building:
We’ll open the exhibition on building the Parma-San Polo house on Sunday at 10 am. Looking forward in seeing you!
Visitor’s Book June 2016
Wir hatten sehr viel Freude, besonders im Außenbereich. Hier hat uns ein hervorragender Führer in sehr geduldiger, interessanter u. freundlicher Weise begleitet. Wir bedanken uns besonders bei ihm.
Gotthard u. Rita Kleß aus dem Schwarzwald/Deutschland
Siamo venuti al museo di ÖTZI e ci siamo divertiti molto, GRAZIE ÖTZI
Thank you for all I learned about this important era.
Archeologists from the universities of Trento and Münster visiting the construction site of Villanders-Plunacker house
Tourism Association Val Senales Valley celebrates Ötzi’s anniversary with its guests
Nearly 25 years have passed since Ötzi was found in September 1991 at the Val Senales Valley. Different locations are going to organize events on the occasion of the jubilee: open houses, celebrations, an academic conference at Bolzano, at the Ötztal Vallley and Val Senales Valley. The Tourism Association Val Senales Valley came up with something special for guest of member companies and other interested people: the Ötzi25-Card. With this card you can participate in different culinary and sportive events, get discounted tickets and visit the archeoParc for free. More information you can find on the Tourism Associations Website and at the hosts.
Was Boden und Eis erzählen…
Thursday, 9 June 2016: Presentation of the aerchological news from the val Venosta valley by Dr. Hubert Steiner and Dr. Andreas Putzer.
Visitor’s Book May 2016
Es war toll, spannend, lustig, cool…tolle Sachen zu machen!!! Wir kommen wieder. – Nina
Es war sehr schön hier und besonders gut hat mir das Speckstein schleifen gefallen. – Maya
Le classi 3A e 3B di Riva del Garda sono rimaste entusiaste del museo e delle attività proposte! Grazie!
I really liked the museum! – Mark
Questo museo è spettacolare! Inoltre questa gita è stata la più bella dell’anno. – Giorgia Merli
Planting trees at the archeoParc
In May we had two appointments on which we planted trees on our new out-side area with the help of the forest rangers of Naturno: the 18 May we invited the students of the elementary schools of Senales and the 22 May our visitors to make the archeoParc “greener”.
The memory game “Cimelia”
As you probably know, “Cimelia” is the name of the current exhibition of the South Tyrolean photographer Daniela Brugger at the archeoParc-Cafeteria. It means “little treasures”. Let’s play with some of the pictures of the exhibition…
How many clicks did you need?
Visitor’s Book April 2016
Die Führung durch das Museum war super beeindruckend! – Klasse 4b GS Naturns
Si congratula per il bellissimo museo. – Matilde e Giorgina e Gigi
Oggi mi sono divertito un sacco. – Filippo M.
I hope to see again – Mill
Excavator started digging
The archeoParc will open new house reconstructions in autumn. Site work started today:
The first life of our dug out!
The signed silver fir has been choosen to become the new archeoParc-dug out…the tree is approx. 70 cm large, 150 years old and grew at the mount Tramontana, Naturno.
Future of Archeological Heritage Offices in Italy
The Italian Ministry of Culture is doing radical reform of the system which protects the cultural heritage. Without any internal discussion the structure of the Ministry is rapidly changing, with the latest decree the Archaeological Heritage Offices are to be eliminated. We are furthermore worried about the future of the rescue archaeology as the code of the public contract is under review without involvement of the technicians of the Ministry. Please help us by signing to the following link! Thank you very much.
5th European Championship for Prehistoric Weapons in Val Senales
We are pleased to preannounce the 5th Val Senales Championship the last weekend of September 2016 (September 24-25). We are gladly looking forward to the event!
European Championship for prehistoric Weapons 2015
We are thankful for the fantastic time we spent together! Please find here some of the pictures Peter took:
Ranking list: archeoparc.it/documents/PreChamRank.pdf
P.S. The next Val Senales Championship will take place the last weekend of September 2016 (September 24-25).
Ötzi Glacier Tour with Simon Gietl
We had a wonderfull day together with Simon on our glacier on September 1.
Find here some of the pictures Robert took:
Ötzi Glacier Tour with Reinhold Messner
Find here some pictures of our fantasic trip to the discovery site of the Iceman on July 27:
Exhibition Chat with the Italian linguist Simona Marchesini
4th Prehistoric Weapons European Championship in Val Senales
we’re happy to announce the forth Prehistoric Weapons European Championship close to Iceman’s discovery site in Val Senales valley/Italy on September 26-27!
Information in English: www.archeoparc.it/BoTuInfo_en.pdf
Einladung in deutscher Sprache: www.archeoparc.it/BoTuInfo_de.pdf
Invito in lingua italiana: www.archeoparc.it/BoTuInfo_it.pdf
Information en Français: www.archeoparc.it/BoTuInfo_fr.pdf
Looking forward to welcome you at our place,
P.S. Some happy memories from September 2014: http://bit.ly/1s1ONcs
New temporary exhibition
Since yesterday you find a new exhibition about the history of speaking and writing at archeoParc Val Senales. The show on display at the 3rd floor is curated by the Italian language researcher Simona Marchesini and the archeoParc-director Johanna Niederkofler, it’s open to the public till November 1st.
Photography exhibition by Gianni Bodini
The exhibition will be on display at the archeoParc-cafeteria till April 2016.
3rd European Championship for Prehistoric Weapons in Val Senales
it’s almost four weeks since the championship in Val Senales… Thank you very much for your kind emails and feedback we get as soon as you returned home. For us it was a fantastic time too, lots of nice things happened and we enjoyed the by now known good atmosphere very much. Marvelous weekend! Once again, thank you for coming!
Meanwhile we’ve managed to put online the pictures and the ranking list we wanted to share with you. So, if interested, please find some of the pictures Peter took (http://bit.ly/1s1ONcs) and download the ranking list (archeoparc.it/documents/PrehChamRank14.pdf).
Last but not least we are pleased to announce the 4th Val Senales Championship the last weekend of September 2015 (September 26-27) and we are very gladly looking forward to welcome you again at our place!
Hugs and greetings from Val Senales,
Johanna and team
2nd European Championship for Prehistoric Weapons in Val Senales
Opening of the photography exhibition 2013
“On the waters edge” is a show of the South Tyrolean photgrapher Alexander Alber. With his large format observations of the scenes of the opening day of the annual fishing season at the artificial lake of Vernago in val Senales valley, which is one of the most important events for many fishers of the region…
The black-and-white photgraphs are on display at the archeoParc-cafeteria till November 3.
1st European Championship for Prehistoric Weapons in Val Senales valley
Thank you all for these fabulous days we spent together!
The videoclip from Fritz:
And here some of the pictures Thierry took.
Here you find the ranking list.
Looking forward to seeing you next year!
International Flintknapping Symposium
The fifth edition of the Flint Knapping Symposium took place at archeoParc Val Senales this year. The practical annual conference in training and continuing.
Paleolithic Festival in South Korea
Together with our colleagues of the South Tyrolean Museum of Archeology and Wulf Hein from Germany we participated in 20th Jeongok-Ri Paleolithic Festival:
Conference on adult repeat visitors in archeological open-air museums
The conference “Adult Repeat Visitors” was one of the events of a two-year European Union funded Learning Partnership called “Didarchtik”, its aim was to empower the project partners to improve their adult education services at Archeological Open Air Museums and at other institutions of education in ancient technologies. The conference took place at archeoParc on September 20-23.
Conference opening with Sigrid Prader, chair of the umbrella association of the private museums in South Tyrol, and Karl Josef Rainer, the major of Senales muicipality:
Flickr Foto Stream of the conference days:
Journalist’s research trip to Ötztal and Schnalstal in occasion of the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the Iceman
Exhibition on archery open since Saturnday
Erika Simon visits the archeoParc
Opening of “Memories”
Since Saturnday the photography exhibition “Memories” is open.
The french artist Claire Artemyz inivites to a photographic promenade in the past, from fossil world and the beginnings of human life on earth, to the early times of history. Claire Artemyz is a French artist, with a life sience background. She uses photography as a medium, to question the notion of identity and body envelope. Her images show thousands or even millions of years old objects commonly on display in several french museums with a new perspective, due to photographic teqniques like as close-up and the work on light. This way she reveals original landscapes…
The artist about “Memories”:
Among the multiple species of fossils –and new ones are constantly discovered all over the planet- some are very famous. They refer to mythic animals, which support our imagination and help us imagine what life might have been on earth, in the early times, before the occurrence of Man and during Prehistoric times.
Ammonites and dinosaurs belong to the first group: emblematic animals of the very beginnings.
They seem to have lived all over the globe, the first in the seas, the second on the ground. And they disappeared in mysterious circumstances, at about the same period. Researchers have tried for many years to understand the circumstances of dinosaurs’ extinction!
The first group of photos show various ammonites. These marine inhabitants could measure from under one centimetre in diameter to over one meter, they could also be curved or un-curved. When growing, the animal inside the shell would build another compartment, linked to the previous one by a suture. Living in the last compartment, it used the ancient ones to contain air which it used like submarines, to go up and down in the water, chasing the air through siphons (the photo “Achille’s helmet shows siphons and sutures).
The occurrence of egg enabled the new species to gain autonomy and explore the surface of the Earth.
Dinosaurs would lay many eggs, as shown in the photos “Left there”. The eggs shown in these photos never hatched, but remained trapped in their sediment, well preserved for scientists to study them and people visiting museums to admire these witnesses of a remote past, triggering our imagination!
Fossil bird and fossil egg shown here rise the usual and unsolved question: what comes first?
In the early times, over thousands of centuries, geological events gave rise to drastic climatic changes and earth major modifications, which resulted in species extinctions.
Later, the occurrence of Man also led to species extinctions, but at a much greater rate!
Aepyornis egg testifies of this regrettable phenomenon. The egg shown here (about 40 cm in its bigger dimension), belongs to one of these huge birds recently disappeared (exact period unknown, about XVIIth century, in Madagascar).It was a giant bird, 3m high, over 500kg, it eggs could weigh as much as 12kg!
Among animals living at the time of the first Homo sapiens, the mammoth is very famous and popular.
Here is shown the inside of a femur.
Carnivorous animals were one of the dangers man had to cope with.
We have here two “portraits” of skulls: one of Neanderthal Man, this extinguished specie, and the other of Cro-Magnon, our direct ancestor.
The close-up exploration of these skulls give rise to landscapes, which can be interpreted according to our imagination.
Some animals are known to use tools, but Man is the only living creature who modified deeply the stone material, and carved it to give it special shapes.
Here, we see some carved flint stones and a bronze axe.
With his tools, Man made art as shown with Venuses and, later with the “Tattooed warrior”.
We do not know anything about the use of these mysterious but highly beautiful feminine figures. A few centimetres high, they were carved from Magdalenian to Gravettian period, using mammoth ivory, bone or sometimes stone.
Quite a few were found near Grimaldi, in Italy, by Louis Alexandre Julien, between 1883-1895. They are mostly made out of green steatite. One of them, shown here, is a little head, a few cms.
Unfortunately, Man is a violent animal and some of his tools were used to kill his brothers!
As shown in the photos, Ötzi’s fate is not an isolated case!
2nd European Textile Forum in Val Senales
Find here Harma P’s Flickr photostream of these fantastic days we had together. Thank you so much for coming!
Exhibition on organic fibres at archeoParc
The exhibition of Anne Reichert (D):
The opening ceremony on June 21th with curator Anne Reichert, the mayor of Senales municipality Robert Variola, archeoParc-director Johanna Niederkofler and chair of archeoParc museum association Alexander Rainer:
Rula at archeoParc