The permanent exhibition “Zeitreise Defereggen” tells about the considerable archaeological findings in the Defereggental valley.
Image gallery: Archaeological Museum Defereggen
In the Defereggental valley you can embark on a time journey which dates back to the Middle Stone Age. In this East Tyrolean valley, important findings were made, for that reason the museum in the basement of the music pavilion of St. Jakob in Defereggen is not only a local but more an archaeological museum.
Already in the 1960s the oldest human traces of East Tyrol were found, to be exact a Mesolithic hunters' place on the Hirschbühel hill. It dates back to the Middle Stone Age (8,0000 - 5,000 BC), tools and weapons from flint were found and are exhibited in the museum today. The finds which were made during the church excavation of St Veit, date back to Roman Age.
The exhibition shows even more: finds from the mines of the Trojertal valley and historic documents are shown as well as a 1,000-year-old dugout which was found some years ago in Lake Obersee at the Passo Stalle mountain pass. The highest located ship find of Europe - a real sensation. Due to the fact, that the Defereggental valley in East Tyrol (Austria) is separated by the Passo Stalle mountain pass from the Valle di Anterselva in South Tyrol (Italy), the information is available in German and Italian language.
Guided tours on request (at the town hall).