News Archive

Category Archives: Hungarian National Museum

If you happen to be in Budapest this March…

do not miss to visit the ‘Avars Revived’ exhibition in the Hungarian National Museum, realised in the framework of the CEMEC project!

The HNM, founded in 1802, is one of the oldest national museums in Europe. Its Migration Period Collection belonging to the Archaeological Department contains more than 200.000 artefacts including such widely known, highly valuable and scientifically important assemblages as the princely grave from Bócsa, the Tépe hoard and the Szilágysomlyó treasure.

Our ‘Avars Revived’ exhibition, opening to the public on 6th March 2017, is one of the so-called national presentations complementing the three large-scale, transnational exhibitions realised by CEMEC between 2017 and 2019. This time the focus is on the Early Medieval Carpathian Basin.

Tamás Futó/FutóStúdió Graphic reconstruction of the Kunágota chief – Tamás Futó/FutóStúdió

In the exhibition Avars come to life through two stories complementing each other but told from different perspectives. One of our main characters is a venerable Avar chief, who, as a young man, witnessed the heydays of the Avar rule in the Carpathian Basin and has seen the walls of Byzantium as a warrior. His exceptionally rich grave was found in Kunágota in the middle of the 19th century. The chief was buried with the most outstanding pieces of his treasury, among which artefacts reflecting an Inner-Asian taste as well as precious imports from the Mediterranean can be found. These latter serve as evidences to the wide-range connections of the Avar elite towards other regions of contemporary Europe.

The protagonists of the other story are two ladies of foreign – perhaps Germanic – origin, who lived in the first half of the 7th century in a village situated close to today’s Kölked. Their jewels of unparalleled beauty hint to their nobility and their far-reaching contacts towards the Late Antique world as well as the newly forming Europe of the Early Middle Ages. The group of people living once at the village unearthed near Kölked must have been an important one among the communities of foreign – that is, not Avar – ethnic origins living in the early Avar empire.

Brooch_prespective 3D rendering of the disc fibula of Kölked –

With the help of the technical partners involved in the CEMEC project, a truly 21th century, high-tech implementation became possible: our Avars are revived through the Cross Culture Timeline, holoprojections, 3D models and more.

The exhibition complements the CEMEC partner meeting held in the Hungarian National Museum between 28th February – 1st March 2017, where the latest achievements of the project will be discussed by the CEMEC partners.

Image credit for photo of Hungarian National Museum –