Heavy Metal - How copper changed the world

02.02.2016 - 14.01.2018

in short

The special exhibition "Heavy Metal" traces the history of copper. What were the consequences of its discovery for Stone Age man? And why is the shiny red metal found in smartphones, coins and electrical cables today?
Heavy Metal - How copper changed the world
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South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
Museumstraße 43
39100 Bolzano
Italy 

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in detail

The first metal was discovered over 10,000 years ago. It was a revolutionary step for mankind. Someone must have found a pure copper nugget by accident and realized that this unknown material could be shaped by heating and beating. At some point our ancestors succeeded in smelting copper ore at over 1000ºC (over 1832 °F) and fashioning it into desired forms. The triumphal march of copper began!

Soon craftsmen in the Middle East were learning how to make useful and beautiful things out of copper – whether jewellery, weapons or tools. Trade and mining gathered pace, and the knowledge of how to exploit the unlimited possibilities of this metal was passed around the world.

The special exhibition HEAVY METAL traces the history of copper. What were the consequences of its discovery for Stone Age man? And why is the shiny red metal found in smartphones, coins and electrical cables today?

The most famous individual from the Copper Age is Ötzi, the Iceman, a glacier mummy from the Schnals Valley. He has been on display in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology since 1998. He carried a valuable copper axe, which marks him out as a person of high standing. HEAVY METAL is linked to the permanent Ötzi exhibition and presents the Copper Age as an exciting period of historic global change. On display are new archaeological finds from the Alpine region and important authentic artefacts from the surrounding area.
Admission
9,00 / 7,00 EUR
School classes (Schulklassen): 1,50 EUR
Family Ticket: 18,00 EUR (2 Adults with Children under 14)
Family Ticket "mini": 9,00 EUR (1 Adult with children under 14)
Children under 6: free (Kinder bis 6 Jahre frei)
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keywords

archaeology, ancient worlds, european cultural history, prehistory, trade, art, archeology, coins, weapon, fashion, mining, jewellery, Middle East, copper, chalcolithic, iceman, Ötzi, south tyrol museum of archaeology, special exhibition, axe, axe blade, similaun, bolzano, bozen

Opening Times

Sun
10:00 - 17:30
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Tue
10:00 - 17:30
Wed
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Thu
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Fri
10:00 - 17:30
Sat
10:00 - 17:30
Open daily in July, August and December
Closed on Mondays (except bank holydays), on 1.1., 1.5. and 25.12.
Special opening hours on 24 and 31.12.

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