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Museum for Pre- and Early History
Local name: Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte
The Museum of Prehistory and Old History was founded in the first half XIX century and collects archaeological collections from the early Iron Age to the peak of the Middle Ages. The facility's collection is presented at the New Museum. The most important exhibits include: the treasure of Priam, the Neanderthal from Le Moustier, the Berlin Hat from the Bronze Age and coffin gifts from the Merovingian era.
Priam's treasure is a collection of over 8,000 items of gold, silver, electron and copper found by Heinrich Schliemann in ancient Troy. Most of the treasury was plundered during World War II and is now in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. The collection of the Berlin Museum contains copies of jewelry and valuables made of gilded silver and preserved original silver vessels.
The building also houses a library dedicated to ancient archeology.