What connects Europe? It is neither the currency nor the language, but the cultural heritage that we share. We have common roots which reach all the way back to the Ice Age. Recent genetic studies show the close relationship between all Europeans across the continent.
The Ice Age, the time of the first Europeans, is one of the most fascinating epochs in human history. At the same time, it symbolizes a Europe without borders and thus one of the most important current political issues. Our ancestors possessed remarkable technical and artistic skills, yet the image of the club-swinging Neanderthals still prevails.
The touring exhibition #IceAgeEuropeNow invites you to discover and experience the cultural heritage of the Ice Age and our common ancestry in Europe and just how relevant our Ice Age heritage is to us today. It presents large-format photographs of fascinating finds, extraordinary objects and surprising connections between past and present. Short texts, facts and quotes in eight European languages provide a background and encourage reflection.
Already in April 2017 began the journey of #IceAgeEuropeNow at the world famous discovery site of the Neanderthal at the Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann. Until spring 2019, the exhibition will travel to Croatia, Italy, France, Spain and Gibraltar.
The exhibition is a project of the network Ice Age Europe, the association of the most important Ice Age sites with museums or visitor centers in Europe, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites. At the same time, it is the first contribution of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Year of Cultural Heritage "Sharing Heritage" 2018.
The traveling exhibition is supported by the Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia, as well as the Cewe Stiftung & amp; Co. KGaA.