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Histria Istria. An Archaeological Jewel on the Adriatic.

 
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Reiner
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 20:32    Post subject: Histria Istria. An Archaeological Jewel on the Adriatic. Reply with quote

After the last VSA, where "Archeoastronomy" has been a topic with our excursion to the three hills Mordele Hillfort, Veliki Sveti Andeo and especially Mali Sveti Andeo, it may be interesting that there is currently a temporary exhibition in the Museum for Pre- and Early History in Berlin-Charlottenburg.

It is called "Histria Istria. An Archaeological Jewel on the Adriatic" and is the first presentation of the rich archaeological heritage of Istria. It is done under the auspices of the Croatian cultural ministry and in cooperation with the Archaeological Museum Istria in Pula. Its aim is to show the development of the occidental Europe on the example of Istria's historical development from its beginnings 100,000 years ago to the 11th century AD.

The Museum for Pre- and Early History is located in the left wing of the Berlin-Charlottenburg palace (when you approach from south), in the so called Langhansbau. Inside, the Istria exhibition is on the second floor.
The ground floor and the first floor has the permanent exhibition of the museum, which covers the prehistoric cultures of Europe and the Ancient Near East from their beginnings down through the Middle Ages. So the Istria exhibition fits perfectly to this museum.

Yesterday, Sunday, 5. Feb. 2006, I flew in the morning to Berlin, just to visit this museum and in particular the Istria exhibition. On this day they offered a guided tour, which was the reason I choosed it. First of all, the museum is great. However it is impossible to see it completely within one day. It is good to start with the general exhibition in the ground floor and the first floor to get a good overview of the "times" and then to go to the second floor and watch the Istria exhibition in particular.

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Berlin-Charlottenburg palace.

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The Museum for Pre- and Early History in the Langhansbau of the Berlin-Charlottenburg palace.

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Above the entrance to the Museum.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 20:46    Post subject: Histria Istria. An Archaeological Jewel... part 2 Reply with quote

The guide on this day was a young scientist from the "Freie Unversitaet Berlin" (FU Berlin). He was several times in Istria and worked on the Monkodonja site. Thus, the right man for the job.

If anyone of you interested will be in this region in the next weeks... the exhibition will be on display until March 26:
http://www.smb.spk-berlin.de/smb/kalender/details.php?objID=8921&lang=en&typeId=10

Re. Monkodonja or Istria in general with its interactions with Mycenae, Cyprus, Crete or with the North etc., for me one of the interesting things is how the different civilisations influenced each other in all times. How they rejected the foreign culture but also how they adopted it. A topic which is important right now these days and which will be important at all times in the future as well.

An amazing and unique exhibition, which deals exactly with this topic is currently on display in the Staedel Museum in Frankfurt/Main. It is said to be the best currently on display in this part of the world. A chance not to miss because it is certain that it will be never repeated anywhere, simply due to the fact that it is almost impossible to get these 400 loans from 75 major museums and collections throughout the world again to one place!

This exhibition is called "Egypt Greece Rome - Rejection and Contact" and it is the first major exhibition dealing with the multifaceted contact between ancient cultures using the example of Egypt on the one hand and Greece and Rome on the other.

Quoting the website of the exhibition:
"Many of the questions which arise in this context have a surprising relevance to today: how foreigners are treated, the mixture of rejection and fascination, the question about our own identity and the need to create new gods as a response to the coexistence of different religious traditions."

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The Stone Age. Sandalja...

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The Bronze Age. Monkodonja...

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Nesactium. Capital and cultural center of the Histri.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 20:58    Post subject: Histria Istria. An Archaeological Jewel... part 3 Reply with quote

If you will be in the Frankfurt region within the next weeks, don't miss this opportunity:
http://www.staedelmuseum.de/aegyptengriechenlandrom/index.html

Both exhibitions, "Histria Istria. An Archaeological Jewel on the Adriatic" in Berlin and "Egypt Greece Rome - Rejection and Contact" in Frankfurt are well done. The latter one however is way more complex and well prepared, even though it covers a much shorter epoch, i.e. the Hellenism and Alexander the Great. It has an audio tour available also in english and especially its Exhibition catalogue with more than fifty individual studies done by Classical archaeologists and Egyptologists on 750 pages is a real treasure of information. Especially valuable since it is not allowed to make pictures in the exhibition, contrary to the Istria show in Berlin where it is allowed.

So what does all this have to do with our stone circle Mali Sveti Andeo and the VSA Archeoastronomy topic? Mali Sveti Andeo was mentioned in the exhibition and can be seen in the exhibition catalogue too. Well, astronomy was only one small part of normal people's life in those times, something not really different to our times. And to understand it and the stone circles in particular, i.e. to be able to solve such mysteries, it shows that multidisciplinarity is the only way to success. Only bringing experts from different fields together, who know the "big picture", makes it possible to answer big questions. This way the long effort of solving the mystery of Troy/Illion/Illium/Willusa was accomplished and it will be the way to go with much smaller and easier questions, like the one of Mali Sveti Andeo. Either by astronomers helping archaelogists or even by astronomers with knowledge in archaelogy and prehistory?

This should also be considered as a vote for the continuation of archaeoastronomy as topic in the VEP Wink

Ciao,
Reiner
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Staedel Museum in Frankfurt/Main.

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Antinous, deified lover of Emperor Hadrian.

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11-layered Onyx. Does it show Alexander the Great and his mother Olympias or rather Ptolemaios II. and his wife Arsinoe II. of Egypt?

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