Opening Museum and research center Paläon
One of the highlights during the fieldwork in Schoningen lead by Prof. dr. Thijs van Kolfschoten in 2013 was the opening of the museum and research center paläon on June 24. To the realisation of the museum, the Faculty of Archaeology made a significant contribution. Many of the results of the research in the past 20 years can be seen in the museum. During the opening the Leiden students were employed in the new laboratory. Through the glass wall, visitors could watch the work. Leiden was clearly represented at the opening.
Schöningen (Lower Saxony, Germany) is arguably one of the most important Palaeolithic sites of North-western Europe, not only because of the discovery of wooden spears, but also because of a rather complete geological sequence dating from the Elster glaciation to the Holocene. The Quaternary deposits are rich in botanical and zoological remains. Since the discovery by Dr. H. Thieme of the first Palaeolithic artefacts in Schöningen in 1992 the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University has been involved in the multidisciplinary research effort. The Leiden contribution concentrates on the study of the vertebrate remains from the Pleistocene deposits and focuses on archaeozoological as well as paleoenvironmental and biostratigraphical considerations.