The THEFBO exhibition - Our Mission

„Our exhibition intends to highlight textile archaeology and the importance of textiles for communities on their way from nomadic to settled lifestyle. Textiles are not only clothing: therefore, our exhibition highlights the variety of different functions which will not only be presented in texts and figures. The exhibition provides quizzes, audio stations and other hands-on stations as well as several illustrations and texts which are written in easy to understand language.”


For our exhibition we defined concrete aims: How do we want to reach what we intended to? It is not only about the archaeological content which we want to present to the visitors but especially about how we want to present the content to them. Therefore, we will use, besides texts and illustrations, hands-on stations which will help the visitors to find an easy access to both, textile archaeology in general as well as the scientific topics in particular.

We have lots of ideas how these hands-on stations could look like: from tactile stations to quizzes for which you have to guess the amount of raw material which you would need to weave a shoe. All these ideas need to be condensed to the four to five concepts we intend to use for our exhibition.


Besides, our exhibition also has a ‘vision’. It shows its superordinate aims. For our exhibition it is the following:


“Our exhibition

… shows how elementary textiles were for the human development to settled communities

… presents the variety and ‘importance’ of archaeological textiles

enhances the understanding for textile archaeology

… changes the view on archaeological textiles

… serves to make textile archaeological findings public to research communities and the general public.”


This means our goal is to highlight the importance of archaeological textiles in today’s research as well as in former communities. In south Germany textiles are preserved in dwelling settlements only. Therefore, they are often not – or only marginally – researched in archaeological analyses of these settlements. Though a lot of information about the former communities can be obtained in an in-depth and systematic examination of the textiles.


-- Lisa-Maria Rösch