Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura, UNESCO Word Heritage

The caves in the Ach and Lone Valleys in the Swabian Jura

Specially chosen artists in an unique concert location

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WERE THE ARTISTS OF THE ICE AGE …

In caves in the Ach and Lone Valleys near Ulm 40,000 years ago the artists of the ice age crafted mysterious artefacts of mammoth ivory. It was their dexterity that also gave us what are now the world‘s oldest known musical instruments. To date, no older artefacts or musical instruments have ever come to light elsewhere on the planet. To put the timescale into perspective: Egypt‘s famous Great Sphinx of Giza was cut from bedrock 35,000 years later, and it would be another 2000 years before what we now call ancient Rome was built.

Today you can tour the Ach and Lone Valleys and rediscover for yourself just how those ice-age inhabitants lived. You can view those very same artefacts. Be inspired. Plunge into the world of the ice-age artists. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage ‚Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura‘ and bring to life the ice-age artist in yourself.

Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura, UNESCO Word Heritage

FINDS

The earliest figurative art objects as well as the oldest evidence for making music with flutes are attributed to the Palaeolithic culture of the “Aurignacian”. About 40,000 years ago these unique objects were created at the edge of the Swabian Jura (Baden-Württemberg, Germany).

The earliest representations of humans, animals and composite creatures are evidence for the emergence of the modern human mind. This modernity finds its expression in the creation of art, symbols and music, and in rituals and religious beliefs.

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    painted limestone fragment from Hohle Fels, limestone, length 8 cm, age 15.000 years, Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren

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    painted limestone fragment from Geißenklösterle, limestone, length 8.5 cm, age 40.000 years, Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren

  • weltkultursprung fund phallus

    Phallus from Hohle Fels, siltstone, length 19.2 cm, age 30.000 years, Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren

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    personal ornaments from Bockstein Cave, mammoth ivory and jet, length 1 – 2.5 cm, age 35.000 years, Ulmer Museum

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    personal ornament from Sirgenstein Cave, mammoth ivory, length 1.5 cm, age 35.000 years, Sammlung Abteilung Ältere Urgeschichte und Quartärökologie, Museum der Universität Tübigen

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    fish from Vogelherd Cave, mammoth ivory, length 7 cm, age 40.000 years, Museum Schloss Hohentübingen

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    cave lion form Vogelherd Cave, mammoth ivory, length 5.6 cm, age 40.000 years, Archäopark Vogelherd Niederstotzingen

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    mammoth from Vogelherd Cave, mammoth ivory, length 3.7 cm, age 40.000 years, Museum Schloss Hohentübingen

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    human figurine from Vogelherd Cave, mammoth ivory, height 6.9 cm, age 40.000 years, Museum Schloss Hohentübingen

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    cave lion from Vogelherd Cave, mammoth ivory, length 6.4 cm, age 40.000 years, Museum Schloss Hohentübingen

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    cave lion from Vogelherd, mammoth ivory, length 8.8 cm, age 40.000 years, Museum Schloss Hohentübingen

  • weltkultursprung fund höhlenlöwe

    cave lion or cave bear form Vogelherd Cave, mammoth ivory, length 8.3 cm, age 40.000 years, Museum Schloss Hohentübingen

  • weltkultursprung fund löwenmensch

    miniature lion man from Hohle Fels, mammoth ivory, height 2.6 cm, age 40.000 years, Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren

  • weltkultursprung fund pferdekopf

    head of a horse from Hohle Fels, mammoth ivory, length 3.6 cm, age 40.000 years, Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren

  • weltkultursprung fund steppbison

    steppe Bison from Geißenklösterle, mammoth ivory, length 2.6 cm, age 40.000 years, Landesmuseum Württemberg Stuttgart

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    bear form Geißenklösterle, mammoth ivory, height 5 cm, age 40.000 years, Landesmuseum Württemberg Stuttgart

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    mammoth form Geißenklösterle, mammoth ivory, length 6.7 cm, age 40.000 years, Landesmuseum Württemberg Stuttgart

  • weltkultursprung fund löwenkopf

    lion`s head from Vogelherd Cave, mammoth ivory, length 2.5 cm, age 40.000 years, Landesmuseum Württemberg Stuttgart

  • weltkultursprung fund adorant

    anthropomorphic figurine (worshipper/adorer) from Geißenklösterle, mammoth ivory, height 3.8 cm, age 40.000 years, Landesmuseum Württemberg Stuttgart

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    water fowl form Hohle Fels, mammoth ivory, length 4.7 cm, age 40.000 years, Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren

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    wild horse form Vogelherd Cave, mammoth ivory, length 4.8 cm, age 40.000 years, Museum Schloss Hohentübingen

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    mammoth form Vogelherd Cave, mammoth ivory, length 4.9 cm, age 40.000 years, Archäopark Vogelherd Niederstotzingen

  • höhlen und eiszeitkunst der schwäbischen alb fund knochenfloete

    flute from Geißenklösterle, wing bone of whooper swan, length 12.6 cm, age 40.000 years, Landesmuseum Württemberg Stuttgart

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    flute form Geißenklösterle, mammoth ivory, length 18.7 cm, age 40.000 years, Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren

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    flute from Hohle Fels, radial bone of griffon vulture, length 21.8 cm, age 40.000 years, Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren

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    female figurine / “Venus from Hohle Fels”, mammoth ivory, height 6 cm, age 40.000 years, Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren

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    lion man from Hohlenstein-Stadel, mammoth ivory, height 31.1 cm, age 40.000 years, Museum Ulm

PRESENTATION SITES

These worldwide universal objects can be experienced at three different places in the region: The Urgeschichtliches Museum URMU Blaubeuren, the Archäopark Vogelherd near Niederstotzingen and the Ulmer Museum. Come and experience the Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Alb with us!

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Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren

Kirchplatz 10
89143 Blaubeuren

Phone: 07344 9669-90
E-Mail: info@urmu.de
Web: urmu.de

höhlen und eiszeitkunst der schwäbischen alb

Archäopark Vogelherd

Am Vogelherd 1
89168 Niederstotzingen-Stetten

Phone: 07325 952 800-0
E-Mail: info@archaeopark-vogelherd.de
Web: archaeopark-vogelherd.de

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Stadt Ulm –  Museum Ulm

Marktplatz 9
89073 Ulm

Phone: 0731 161 4330
E-Mail: info.museum@ulm.de
Web: museumulm.de

CAVES

Archaeologists have discovered the earliest figurative art objects and musical instruments of humankind in six caves. In July 2017 the caves were declared as UNESCO Word Heritage “Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura”.

In the Ach Valley these are the Hohle Fels, the Geißenklösterle and the Sirgenstein. In the Lone Valley there are the Vogelherd, the Hohlenstein-Stadel and the Bockstein.

  • höhlen und eiszeitkunst der schwäbischen alb bockstein

    The Cave is freely accessible.

    Bockstein
  • höhlen und eiszeitkunst der schwäbischen alb hohlenstein

    The Cave is freely accessible.

    Hohlenstein
  • höhlen und eiszeitkunst der schwäbischen alb sirgenstein

    The cave is freely accessible.

    Sirgenstein
  • höhlen und eiszeitkunst der schwäbischen alb geissenklösterle

    The Cave is freely accessible.

    Geißenklösterle
  • höhlen und eiszeitkunst der schwäbischen alb vogelherd

    Informations for visitors here: www.archaeopark-vogelherd.de.

    Vogelherd
  • höhlen und eiszeitkunst der schwäbischen alb hohle fels

    Informations for visitors here: www.schelklingen.de.

    Hohle Fels
Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura, UNESCO Word Heritage


Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren (urmu)
Zweigmuseum für ­Urgeschichte des ­Archäologischen
­Landesmuseums ­Baden-Württemberg
Kirchplatz 10
89143 Blaubeuren
www.urmu.de

Entrance fee:
Adults: 5 €
Children (7-17 years): 3 €


Museum Ulm
Marktplatz 9
89073 Ulm
www.museum.ulm.de

Entrance fee:
Adults: 8 €
Children: 6 €


Archäopark Vogelherd ­Niederstotzingen
Am Vogelherd 1
89168 Nieder­stotzingen-Stetten
www.archaeopark-­vogelherd.de

Entrance fee:
Adults: 8 €
Children (6-14 years): 6 €

Bockstein,
Öllingen/Rammingen, Lone Valley

Hohlenstein-Stadel,
Asselfingen, Lone Valley

Vogelherd,
Niederstotzingen, Lone Valley

Hohle Fels,
Schelklingen, Ach Valley

Geißenklösterle,
Blaubeuren, Ach Valley

Sirgenstein,
Blaubeuren, Ach Valley

WHERE THE ICE AGE LIVES ON

Find out how the ice-age inhabitants lived. Take a guided tour through the Valleys to the caves of the ice-age artists, or go hiking or biking.
Test your skills at throwing a spear, discover how our ancestors made fire and hark to the strains of their music.

More information about our services you´ll find on the Websites. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Alb and bring the ice age artist in you to life!