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Mammoth tusk from Pavlov – The oldest Moravian map?

October 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm CEST

Archeopark Pavlov
23. dubna 264
Pavlov, South Moravia Region 692 01 Czech Republic

For the third time, it will be possible to see an original artifact of mammoth hunters in the Archeopark Pavlov. It will be the famous mammoth tusk from the archaeological site Pavlov I. The tusk was found in 1962. The smoothed apex of the mammoth tusk is covered with an engraved complex geometric ornament which, in the interpretation of Bohuslav Klíma, represents a schematic map of the Pavlov Hills. It is the oldest known graphic depiction of space – a depiction of the hunting landscape, where the valleys of the meandering Dyje River and the slopes of Pálava are reduced to abstract patterns and symbols with a particular metaphorical meaning understandable for groups of hunter-gatherers of their time. So this engraving is interpreted as probably the oldest map in the world.

International Archaeology Day will be included guided tour at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 and presentation about 3D models and photography in archaeology with photographer Martin Frouz.

The exhibition will be open only on these dates – 19 October, 20 October, 25 October, 26 October, 27 October and 28 October (always from 9:00 to 16:00, last entrance to the exposition 30 minutes before the end of opening hours). The opening ceremony of the exhibition will take place as part of the International Archaeology Day on 19 October at 11:00.

The exhibition will be created in cooperation with the Institute of Archeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Brno and the Regional museum in Mikulov.

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October 19, 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm CEST
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Zuzana Havlická


Archeopark Pavlov
23. dubna 264
Pavlov, South Moravia Region 692 01 Czech Republic
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