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Illustration: Heiner Kraft

Research in exhibitions and digital collections

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Illustration: Heiner Kraft

Site clearance/excavation

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Illustration: Heiner Kraft

Preparing the site for presentation

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Illustration: Heiner Kraft

Excavation, classification and storage in a former concentration camp barrack

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Illustration: Heiner Kraft

Restoration in the restoration workshop

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Illustration: Heiner Kraft

Cataloguing in written records and the database

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Illustration: Heiner Kraft

Presentation in exhibitions and digital collections

The seven stages of archaeological monument preservation

Groups staying at the Young People’s Centre for several days can be involved in one or more stages of archaeological monument preservation at Buchenwald. The nature of this participation is guided by the goals of research projects currently being conducted at the Memorial, and lends a unique dimension to the concept of “learning by researching.” These archaeological excavations have been underway at Buchenwald Memorial for more than 15 years. Objects found during these excavations – to date numbering more than 11,000 – touch our emotions and provoke thought. Such objects bring to life events that are otherwise almost impossible to fathom. The deciphering and decoding of these objects provides material evidence for the camp’s past reality.