In the beginning was fire
The prehistoric period in the Palatinate lasted 700,000 years: From the first humans to the arrival of the Romans.
This exhibition memorably tells the story of hunters and gatherers who became masters of fire and whose most important tool was the hand axe. It describes how these people evolved into settled farmers, who made clay vessels, wove woolen clothing, planted grain and raised livestock.
Treasures from Celtic Graves
Celtic nobles living in the 5th century B.C. were fond of surrounding themselves with precious imports from the Mediterranean region. An exquisitely decorated tripod from a prince's grave discovered near Bad Dürkheim is the most important piece of Etruscan bronze work that reached the Celtic north over the Alps in antiquity. It attests to the Celts’ wealth and far-reaching commercial ties.