An Archeological Viewing Window © Landesamt für Denkmalpflege

An archeological viewing window

An Archeological Viewing Window © Landesamt für Denkmalpflege

Changing exhibitions featuring current German archaeology, especially that taking place in the Palatinate, are displayed for all to see in an archeological “viewing window”. 


Integrated into the display room are the windows into the glass studio. There, the visitor can follow the restoration of prehistoric and historic archeological finds, all the way from the condition in which they were found to the level of the object’s being ready for exhibition.

The archeological viewing window is a production of the Speyer Office of the State Office for Historic Preservation; it offers exhibitions illustrating particular themes.

 Archeological Viewing Window, ©Landesamt für DenkmalpflegeIn the modern plaza that embraces it, there is also a full-scale reproduction of a Frankonian grave. Two gable walls modelled on those of a Roman row house enclose the sides of the plaza. The visitor can find detailed information on the design of the plaza as well as on the state’s efforts toward historic preservation of archeological findings in the display cases located on the plaza.

The gable walls have classically styled roofs over them along with a so-called portico on the street side. At all of the larger sites in the Roman Empire, the appearance of the main streets was characterised by this style. Columns, roof trusses, and tiled roof have all been modelled after the Roman originals.

In front of the building with the archaeological viewing window, a Roman sarcophagus from the 4thcentury, a capital from the Middle Ages as well as a late antique leaguestone (modern term: milestone) have been set up.Integriert in den Schauraum sind die Fenster zur „Gläsernen Werkstatt“. Dort kann der Besucher die Restaurierung prähistorischer und historischer Grabungsfunde vom Auffindungszustand bis zum ausstellungsfertigen Objekt verfolgen.


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