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Everyone is home.

I’m back home, my colleague is back home, and the Bernuthsfeld Man reconstruction is home, too. He has a lovely spot in the OLME in Emden now, right at the end of the exhibition part about the find and the time, so you’re getting a look at the original finds, then information about research and the context of how life was in the 8th century, and then, at the very end, he’s waiting for you to look him in the eye.

To our great delight, the museum people were just as happy with how our reconstruction turned out as we are, and there was immense interest from the press. We got covered by several papers, such as the Sächsische Zeitung, the General-Anzeiger (behind a paywall, but you can see a pic), and the Hannoversche Allgemeine (again, paywall but a visible pic). We even made it into the TV news!

But obviously, you’re waiting for a picture right here, right? Here you go:


Our reconstruction, in the setup that he can be seen in at the museum.

We thought long and hard about how to dress the figurine in a way that shows all his equipment, including the small cloak/blanket he had, and still shows off as much as possible of the tunic. Because while the small cloak would also be interesting to show in action, it will cover up quite a lot of the main piece:


So we decided to wrap it up, tie it together with the wool cord he also had with him, and hang it on his belt. The belt actually had a spot where something heavy obviously hung for a good long time, or very frequently; we placed the blankie-pack in that spot, and you can see what happens in the next two pictures.

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The belt suddenly sits at a bit of an angle, and everything looks a little more lifelike of a sudden. Also the worn spots at the tunic coincide exactly with the places where the belt sits and rubs against the cloth… to our great delight.

So now he’s in the museum, and if you’re in the area, go visit him in the Ostfriesisches Landesmuseum Emden. And if you do so, say hello from me!


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6 Responses to Everyone is home.

  1. Congratulations! The tunic, and the rest of the reconstruction of his clothes, look wonderful.

  2. inge says:

    Looks great!

    Did you see that in the comments at someone wonders if one could buy that “hipster tunic”

    • Katrin says:

      No, I didn’t!
      Technically, it would be possible. You’d just need to pay a lot of money… but for a real hipster, that might not be the issue…

  3. I really love how dedicated this reconstruction was made and how ‘alive’ the clothes looks.

    Thanks for sharing the reports of your work and the pictures.

    • Katrin says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the reports – and if there’s a detail you’d like to know more about, let me know!

  4. Jean Kveberg says:

    I love this so much! I have been wanting to make a reconstruction of the Bernuthsfeld tunic for my husband for years (probably using close-enough materials, not the custom handwovens, sadly). Is there any chance you would be willing to share the re-numbered layout and the details on the fabrics you used?

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