Thuriningian Museum of Pre- & Ancient History


Four-hundred-thousand years of Thurinigian history and prehistory are entertainingly charted in this multistorey museum, including remains of proto-humans, Palaeolithic and neolithic cultures, Roman imperial artefacts, art and material remains from the Kingdom of Thuringia and gold jewellery from the grave of the ‘Lady of Ossmannstedt’.

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