The archeology of the Ice Age is interdisplinary work: It ties together
the various subject areas of science with the following question: How
did people deal with the natural and natural spatial changes that occurred
during the Ice Ages? In recent history, climate research together with
increased environmental awareness have experienced a revival. It is clear
that, through a knowledge of earlier climate conditions, our current climate
can be explained. We see more and more which complex mechanisms of climatic
events influence the earth and how these processes interact.
In the present project we have attempted, with the help
of complex computer animation processes, to demonstrate seasonal climatic
fluctuations. Such fluctuations are difficult to show through strictly
textual explanations and static images. In particular, such processes
include cyclic changes of the Earth-Sun constellation, the precession
of the Earth's axis, cyclic fluctuation of the eccentricity of the Earth's
elliptical orbit around the sun as well as continental drift (a phenomenon
which can result in one particular place on a continent traveling through
different climate zones).
Closely related to the theme of climate fluctuation
are the various dating methods (Paleomagnetism, K/Ar, Ar/Ar techniques,
Radiocarbon dating, Dendochronology and Varve Chronology in connection
with global water circulation), which should also be explained with the
help of multimedia elements.
This project should show that computer-aided
learning through the use of Multimedia elements offers significant advantages.
The project findings should, in the context of modernizing museum space
for the Archeology of the Ice Age in Schloss Monrepos at Neuwied, integrate
the new concepts and be openly shown to the public.
Dr. -Ing. Wolfgang Böhler
M.Eng. Mirko Siebold
(Prinz-Maximilian zu Wied-Stiftung, Neuwied)
(Museum for the Archeology of the Ice Ages, Research Area of Paleolithic
time of the Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, Schloss Monrepos