EXARC Members Archaeological (Open-Air) Museums

Bronzezeithof Uelsen (DE)

Member of EXARC since

Since 2005, a Bronze Age Farm under (re-)construction as a place for educational and experimental archaeology. The project started as an initiative of the community of Uelsen, which financed roughly half of the amount required (ca. 90.000 Euros) for the building of the central house. The other half came from the EU (Euregio).

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The idea of establishing a bronze age farm originated at the end of a major excavation at the premises of Uelsen, where some 130 graves of the late Bronze Age / early Iron Age were documented by us (the Lower Saxony Department for the Conservation of Monuments). The excavation was accompanied by intense public relations. An immense public interest brought the colleagues to the decision to start such a project.

Visitors can now immerse into life some 3000 years ago with all senses – touch and try out replica of bronze age tools, clothes, and vessels, smell and taste meals and drinks, feel the warmth of the hearth fire, and listen to the information given by second-person-interpreters.

Not only are visitors shown around, but groups (first of all children) can participate in a variety of activities and seminars on themes related to the bronze age ranging from just some hours to a whole weekend.

Once in a year, (experimental) archaeologists come together to communicate their experience, new results, successes (and failures as well). In the neighbouring historical farm Blekkerhof there will soon open an exhibition on the results of a major late bronze age grave field excavation which recently took place in Uelsen, showing also the world of the Bronze Age as a whole. Uelsen is designed to become a centre for archaeology in the county Grafschaft Bentheim with a regional museum.

Annual Number of Visitors

52.4872, 6.8812