February – the end of April 2017

Exhibition curator: dr Małgorzata Winiarska-Kabacińska

Place: Górka Palace, ul. Wodna 27, 61-781 Poznań

Our new temporary exhibition “Close encounters with…” is dedicated to the subject of woolly mammoths and their coexistence with humans. The visitors can learn about the sources for the study of one of the better-known animals of the Ice Age, and see the finds which certainly capture the imagination of all the interested in the distant past. The displayed bone and teeth remains, together with descriptive posters and pictures, give an insight into the size, appearance, and behaviour of the extraordinary mammals that roamed Asia, Europe and North America in the Pleistocene epoch. The artefacts on display, accompanied by information about other finds, reflect some aspects the Palaeolithic people’s world  (e.g. characteristic female figurines), and they prove that mammoth played an important role in their lives both in terms of subsistence (as a source of food, material for shelter or tools) and, possibly, in a spiritual sphere (bone carvings, rock art).

The exhibits come from the collection of the Archaeological Museum in Poznań and from the Institute of Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.