As one of the oldest museums and the first extracurricular place of learning in Germany, the Oldenburg State Museum of Nature and Man has accompanied the development of the Weser-Ems cultural landscape for over 180 years. The museum is a three-divisional museum focusing on natural history, archaeology and ethnology.
On 14.01.2020, the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein presented an exciting evening on the history of the impact of megaliths, the oldest architectural monuments in Europe, at its state representation in Berlin. Under the title "The Voices of Stones", the current state of "Megalithic Research between Science and Fiction" was informed and the high value of megalithic culture for the development of a culture of remembrance was presented. With more than 200 people who accepted the invitation, the organizers' expectations were far exceeded.
The village of Schalkholz is a small, rural community with about 600 inhabitants. It is situated 100 km northwest of Hamburg in the district of Dithmarschen, in the north of Germany, about 70 km south of Denmark. The characteristic location on an ice-age push moraine covers the wide lowland plain of the "Schalkholz Ice-Tongue Basin" in a U-shape. This geotope is a noteworthy topographical feature in the diverse natural landscapes of Schleswig-Holstein formed by ice ages.
The German district Altmarkkreis Salzwedel is located in the heart of Northern Germany. Just about 85,000 people live on 2,300 square kilometres, which results in an exceptionally low population density. Historic Hanseatic towns with medieval-looking town centres as well as dense forests and wide meadows are characterising the landscape. Right in the middle between Berlin and Hamburg, visitors find one of the oldest cultural landscapes in Germany and manifold opportunities for nature experiences and recreation.
Situated between Scandinavia and continental Europe, and between the North Sea and Baltic Sea, the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein assumes a special significance as historico-cultural hub. The State Archaeology Department of Schleswig-Holstein (ALSH) is committed to the preservation of this unique and diverse cultural heritage.
The International Conference "Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein" from 3 to 5 December 2019 in Sankelmark/Schleswig-Holstein will be the annual highlight of the European Cultural Routes. Registrations are still possible.
The current program of the international conference "Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein" shows that this event is the annual highlight of the "European Route of Megalithic Culture". With numerous top-class expert contributions by renowned experts from various European countries, all participants will be presented with a multi-faceted picture of the history of Europe's oldest architectural monuments. Numerous examples from current tourism and museum projects make it clear that this topic is one of the most attractive components of future-oriented public relations work on the special value of an intact cultural landscape. The current program can be found here for download.
If you would like to register for participation at short notice, please contact us at https://www.eash.de/programm/seminaretagungen/details/news/megalithic-ro...
From 15 to 29 June 2019, an international work camp took place in the open-air museum Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen in Albersdorf/Germany as part of the project "Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein". In two weeks, 9 young people from 6 different countries experienced a varied programme on life in the Stone Age and the history of the country and its people in northern Germany. The final report is available for download (in german).
The VR application developed by the Antiquity Commission of Westphalia in cooperation with the M2C Institute of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences makes it possible to virtually immerse oneself in the time of megalithics. With virtual reality glasses, the erratic blocks of a megalithic tomb weighing several tons can be viewed from different perspectives. The original state is reconstructed in a 3D animation visible to the observer. The animations are based on the current scientific research of the Antiquity Commission of Westphalia. Using a smartphone and a so-called cardboard, the VR application can be accessed in 3D or conveniently on a PC - here, however, only in 2D - at: www.megalithik.vr.lwl.org
From 3 to 5 December the international conference "Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein" will take place in Sankelmark/Schleswig-Holstein. The focus will be on the exchange of scientific knowledge between scientists and project leaders from different European countries. Current research results will be presented as well as various aspects of the history of research and reception and of tourism. Further information can be found here.
On 10 November 2018 for the first time Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, represented by European Route of Megalithic Culture, took part in the European Conference in Berlin “Committed to Europe”.
100 participants, 30 civil society projects from all over Europe, interesting inputs by Mayor Christophe Rouillon, Coulaines/France and Prof Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha, University of Karlsruhe/Germany, lively discussions in three working groups and the proclamation of the European Republic by the The European Balcony Project – the organizer “A Soul for Europe – Cities for Europe” is proud of the results of the conference.
Background: The fall of the Berlin Wall on the 9th of November, 1989 not only terminated the partition of Germany, it also put an end to the division of Europe. Building on this experience, the annual “State of Europe” Speech in Berlin, given in turns by one of the high representatives of the European Union, is a forum for EU leaders to express their fundamental concerns and thoughts on the future of Europe. This speech has for the past years formed the centre of a number of events organized by Stiftung Zukunft Berlin and its initiatives “A Soul for Europe” and “Cities for Europe”. The common goal of these activities is to foster a dialogue between citizens and politicians and to contribute to the public debate on Europe.
The conversation thus focuses on the following aspects:
- Europe affects all of us: we, the European citizens, as well as the elected representatives are responsible for intensifying and strengthening the European integration project.
- We have to develop Europe from the bottom up: Europe is not only driven by institutions and governments but also by citizens themselves.
- European cities and European Culture play a fundamental role in determining the future of Europe – particularly at this point in time, when the 2019 European elections are only a half year away
In addition to a keynote speech, the presentation of a few cities´ exemplary strategies and approaches, and the EUROPEAN MARKET PLACE – in which initiatives and projects can present their work – the conference will offer participants various occasions for networking and to exchange experiences.
See more on: www.citiesforeurope.eu/en/map-activities