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The Bilzingsleben collection


The Steinrinne near Bilzingsleben in northern Thuringia is a rock travertine outcrop from the Holstein interglacial (~350.000 kyr BP). The site is well-known due approx. 40 cranial bones and teeth from Homo sp. which are the second oldest human remains in Germany. Scientific research started in the 19th century by palaeontologists and geologists. From 1969 to 2003 Dietrich Mania excavated approx. 1800m² (Mania/Mania 2005). Since 2004 fieldwork is continued by archaeologists and geologists from the University of Jena (Beck et al. 2007). The excavated material contains several tons of animal bones from more than 50 species (e.g. rhino, elephant, deer, beaver), a huge amount of rocks and flint as well as floral remains fossilized in rock travertine.


Prof. Dr. Clemens Pasda

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Ur- und Frühgeschichte
Löbdergraben 24a
07743 Jena

Tel. +49 (0) 3641 944895
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