Luther – Archaeologists on the Reformer´s trail
Exhibition – October 31, 2008 – April
of Prehistory Halle, Germany
Martin Luther (1483–1546), an Augustinian monk and professor of
theology, posted his 95 theses in Wittenberg (Central Germany) he
could not imagine that this act would alter the course of history.
October 31st 1517 marked the beginning of the Reformation movement
which led to the establishment of the Protestant churches
throughout the world.
extraordinary importance of the Reformer little has been known
about his daily life as a private person. This situation has been
changed completely thanks to recent excavations by the State
Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt.
Spectacular finds from Luther’s birth place at Eisleben, his
parental home at Mansfeld and his later family estate at
Wittenberg provide us with a wealth of new insights into the
Reformer’s living conditions.
of finds covers a great range of Luther’s lifespan: From toys
which give us a lively impression of his childhood to vessels for
ointments that grant access to the medical history of his old age.
Thousands of animal bones provide us with important hints on his
preferred meals and a vast amount of potsherds allow us to
reconstruct his elaborate table ware.
outstanding archaeological finds will be presented in a large
special exhibition in Halle/Germany for the first time. The show
will be completed by Martin Luther’s still existing personal
items, like his expensive goblets or his monk’s habit.
The team of
the Landesmuseum (State Museum of Prehistory) looks forward to
welcome you in Halle.
Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte
(State Museum of Prehistory) Richard-Wagner-Straße 9 • D-06114
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday (+Holidays) 9:00
a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
phone 0049 (0)345 52 47 361