In St. Jakob in Defereggen, an archaeological museum tells about Stone and Roman Age.
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In the underground area of the music pavilion in St. Jakob in Defereggen, a particular museum is located. Its permanent exhibition is called "Zeitreise Defereggen" what means a time journey through the valley. But it is not a typical local museum, it is more an archaeological museum, which exhibits numerous important findings of the Defereggental valley.
During excavations in the 1960s, the Viennese paediatrician and amateur archaeologist Dr. Walter Potacs found a sensation: a Mesolithic hunters' place on the Hirschbühel hill. These findings so far are the oldest human traces of East Tyrol (8,0000 - 5,000 BC) and date back to the Middle Stone Age. In Lake Obersee at the Staller Sattel mountain pass, which separates South from East Tyrol, a 1,000-year-old dugout was found, until now the highest located ship find of Europe.
The excavation find of the Hirschbühel hill, above mentioned dugout as well as finds during the church excavation of St Veit, which date back to Roman Age, are the main focus of the Archaeological Museum Defereggen. Besides that, also finds from the mines of the Trojertal valley and historic documents are shown. In total two rooms in the museum draw a line from the Ice Age through the millenniums until the mining boom of the last centuries. Information is available in German and Italian language.
Guided tours on request (at the town hall).