7TH MAINLY MEDIEVAL
Cannonball and glass
2022.12.08. - 2023.03.15.
For the seventh time, the Medieval Department of the Budapest History Museum, Castle Museum is organising its annual exhibition of the most interesting medieval archaeological findings from the capital's territory.
This year's selection includes five sites. As usual, the works in the Buda Castle dominate the exhibition, with the former Defence Headquarters, the Archduke Joseph Palace and the archaeological research related to the reconstruction of the castle walls providing new information on the area. Unique and special finds can always be expected in the Royal Palace and its immediate surroundings, and this was of course the case in 2021 as well. A joint research project with a diving archaeologist was carried out in connection with the renovation of the Chain Bridge, and although few archaeological artefacts were found in the Danube, it was certainly instructive, as there are few opportunities to explore the riverbed. A little further away from the Castle District, on the outer side of Margaret Boulevard, the excavation of an area used from the Bronze Age to the Turkish period gave archaeologists the opportunity to add new knowledge to their knowledge.
One of the most beautiful pieces in the exhibition is a Venetian-made, thin-walled, painted glass beaker with decorative motifs. Such a glass is relatively common in Europe, but it is a very rare find in the medieval Kingdom of Hungary. From the smallest glass beaker, weighing just a few grams, to the largest cannonball, weighing around one and a half million, visitors can learn about the diverse material culture of the modern city's past and get a glimpse of the latest treasures from five different sites in the capital.
In addition to the excavated material from the previous year, the exhibition now also presents findings that were previously discovered but only scientifically examined last year. Among these are the Late Middle Ages camel bones, which are unique in that they date back only to the Roman Empire and the Turkish occupation of Hungary.
The exhibition is aimed at history lovers and children, who would like to learn about the objects and the history of a particular site through playful exercises.
The exhibition is curated by:
György Terei - Head of the Medieval Department, archaeologist, museologist
Assistant curator, visual designer:
Dorottya Mézes - trainee museologist