A Major Research Project in Kalkriese
The research project „Kalkriese als Ort der Varusschlacht? – Eine anhaltende Kontroverse“ (“Is Kalkriese the Varus Battle Site? – An Ongoing Controversy”) will analyze the cultural and historical context of archaeological finds from the antique battlefield at Kalkriese. Volkswagen-Stiftung (Volkswagen Foundation) has agreed to finance the three-year research project, which will be conducted at Museum und Park Kalkriese as part of the funding initiative „Forschen in Museen“ (“Researching at Museums”). Cooperation partners of the project are Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (German Mining Museum Bochum) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich).
A Project with Many Facets
In a joined effort, researchers will try to assess the historical context of Kalkriese’s collection of archaeological finds, using different approaches. They also wish to identify the Roman military units which met their demise here. Four research modules are dedicated to the attempt of categorizing the assemblage of finds from Kalkriese. New examinations aim at a cultural and historical interpretation of this archaelogical site. A metallurgical fingerprint will be taken, among the use of other methods, to identify the Roman legions who died in Kalkriese. Two other project branches are going to focus on two unusual groups of finds – that of the glass eyes and that of folded metal strips. The public will be informed effectively and continuously about the project’s progress via its own website and a research blog. Moreover, a web-based database will be created, granting open access to everyone who is interested. A comprehensive special exhibition is planned in the coming years to present the research results to visitors in an accessible, commonly understood way. In the context of this project, two positions for postgraduate students were created.