Citizens' Campus: Does the forge of the Nebra Sky Disc lie at the bottom of the Sweet Lake?

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Fr. 24.05.2024
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The lecture will focus on the exciting use of underwater robots from Ilmenau for archaeology. Immerse yourself in the world of underwater research and learn more about the tough conditions that archaeologists have to deal with.

A Bronze Age burial site over 3000 years old and the remains of a medieval settlement from the 11th to 15th centuries were found in the Süßen See using underwater robots. A special 3D underwater laser was used for the first time in Germany. This enabled not only individual buildings, but even complete structures to be recorded. Divers can hardly detect such structures in the difficult visibility conditions in the lake.

The largest natural lake in Saxony-Anhalt - the Arendsee - conceals fishing fences that are 4600 years old. Two underwater robots were used to systematically explore and document 25 sites in the lake. Finds were measured and reconstructed using photogrammetry. Well-preserved stakes were recovered by the underwater robots and thus made accessible for further investigations.

The lecture will give you an insight into these exciting expeditions.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Rauschenbach is Director of the Applied Systems Technology (AST) division at the Fraunhofer IOSB and Head of the Underwater Robotics department. He is spokesman for the Fraunhofer SysWasser Alliance and the OceanTechnologies@Fraunhofer competence network.

Dr. phil. Sven Thomas is an archaeologist at the Saxony-Anhalt State Office for Monument Preservation and Archaeology.


Admission: 5€