Ice Age Europe - Network of Heritage Sites
The Ice Age is one of the most fascinating periods in early human history. The foundations of our culture today were established during more than two million years of Ice Age history; its relicts are among the key testimonies of our cultural heritage and of human development. Some of the most important Ice Age heritage sites are located in Europe, where human remains and rock art have been revealed, as well as gathering and living areas containing many exceptional finds. The importance of the sites is reflected in the fact that an increasing number of them have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Ice Age Europe network, established in January 2013, tells the story of Ice Age people in Europe and our common cultural heritage in space and time. 15 renowned archaeological sites with Ice Age heritage and affiliated museums or visitor centers from six different European countries (the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Croatia) are the founding members, among them the National Museum and Research Center of Altamira (Spain), the Krapina Neanderthal Museum (Croatia) and The Gibraltar Museum (UK). You can learn more about the network members in our online brochure
Quality-oriented sites in Europe with an adjoining museum or visitor center as well as municipalities and local and government authorities concerned are invited to take part in the network.
The network’s aims are to raise awareness on the conservation of Ice Age heritage and to develop valorization programs, to exchange best practices for site management and museum display and to encourage collaboration of all kinds, e.g. in the fields of science, management, pedagogy, tourism and governance.
In April 2013, the members met at the International Center of Prehistory, Les Eyzies deTayac (France) to discuss the next steps to be taken. Future projects will involve exchange of best practices and the training of personnel in the fields of education and mediation; the exchange of personnel through internships; the development of different networks; a traveling hands-on exhibition; the creation of sensible, heritage-friendly cultural tourism programs and offers as well as the exchange of successful management and business models. To implement these, European funding opportunities are currently examined and partners addressed.
Please feel free to contact the Project Office or the lead partner of Ice Age Europe, Neanderthal Museum (Germany) for any questions or enquiries:
Ice Age Europe - Project Office
c/o projekt2508 Group Bonn/ Germany