Archaeology. Treasures of the Swiss National Museum 



A window on modern-day Switzerland

One module of the exhibition deals with modern-day archaeological research in Switzerland. From the end of April 2014, various unique objects that were found in the Fraumünster district in Zurich will be on display. More than 150,000 finds and numerous settlement remains dating from the 7th century to post-medieval times were uncovered. They include wall remnants from the former monastic complex and cemetery and from the old city fortifications. The National Museum will exhibit stove tiles, clay statuettes and rosary fragments from the old waste dump outside the city wall. The finds attest to what medieval everyday life would have been like in the area of the more than 1200 year-old Fraumünster Abbey. The objects are on loan from the Zurich City Archaeology Department.

Jackhammer in action. © Stadt Zürich, Amt für Städtebau, Archäologie. Foto: Philipp Bond.
Jackhammer in action. © Stadt Zürich, Amt für Städtebau, Archäologie. Foto: Philipp Bond.

Detail of a stove tiles found during archaeological excavations in the Fraumünster district. © Stadt Zürich, Amt für Städtebau, Archäologie. Foto: Philipp Bond.
Detail of a stove tiles found during archaeological excavations in the Fraumünster district. © Stadt Zürich, Amt für Städtebau, Archäologie. Foto: Philipp Bond.



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