In 2018, the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte and the Verband der Landesarchäologen (Association of Federal State Archaeologists) will mount an exhibition in the Martin-Gropius-Bau entitled Restless times: Archaeology in Germany.
Through spectacular new archaeological finds, and fresh perspectives on old ones, the exhibition reveals an unparalleled network of cultural interaction existing in Europe from earliest times to the recent past. Mobility, conflict, exchange and innovation – their origins, effects and interconnections – have always shaped coexistence in Europe. Within these four major subject areas, high-profile exhibits from every state in the Federal Republic shed light on the way transregional interaction affected the personal, economic and religious spheres.
Parallels are drawn with aspects of modern life, such as migration, integration, iconoclasm and technical and intellectual knowledge transfer, giving the archaeological finds relevance for visitors today. Regional cultural characteristics are tied in with transregional archaeological phenomena across Europe to highlight the European dimension of Germany’s cultural heritage.