European Hansemuseum Lübeck

European Hansemuseum Lübeck

Integration of an archaeological excavation area into the European Hansemuseum in Lübeck

In the historic centre of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, which has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, a museum area for the history of the Hanseatic League – The European Hansemuseum – was created with an exhibition area of about 4,700 square meters. Archaeological excavations were carried out before the necessary structural conservation work on the historical hilltop castle was carried out. During these operations, numerous interesting and valuable historical findings were brought to light. In the end, the excavation area itself was declared an “exhibit” and integrated into the museum as a vivid testimony of the local “layers of time”.
Restaurierung am Oberbaum (RAO) was initially entrusted with the preparation of a feasibility study for the ambitious project and, subsequently, with the planning and implementation of the entire project. In close consultation with the project participants, the archaeologists working in the excavation and the relevant historic monuments authority, procedures for the preservation and presentation of the excavation area with the numerous structural remains of various periods were tested and implemented on the basis of restoration and scientific investigations. Waterlogged finds which could not be preserved on site were either moulded in a traditional manner and replaced by exact copies, or measured three-dimensionally with scanning methods and copied using various reproduction techniques.

Period of execution: 2012 -2015