Every beginning is easy

Find the matching pairs and learn more about the objects.

An easy start

Find the match for each card. When you’ve finished you can compare with other players.

Show interesting facts about the objects on the cards while playing the game.


Next level

Facetted axe

(2575–2450 BC)

This axe is an outstanding example of a type that occurred in larger numbers in Middle Germany. It is characterised by its downward tapering cutting edge and carefully ground facets. The shaft hole was strengthened further by the bulge. Such axes are regarded as distinctive symbols of the men and warriors of the Corded Ware Culture.

Spielberg, Burgenland district, Saxony-Anhalt.

© LDA, photo: J. Lipták.

Menhir stele

(2825–2200 BC)

The slab-like stele, which stood upright as a menhir in the terrain, exhibits human features. The three drill holes represent the eyes and the mouth. In addition, two-dimensional incisions mark the brows, nose, and arms. Among the few Neolithic stelae from Saxony-Anhalt, this specimen is the most clearly anthropomorphic representation. It belongs to the Corded Ware Culture.

Schafstädt, Saale district, Saxony-Anhalt.

© LDA, photo: J. Lipták.

Bread loaf idol

(1850–1800 BC)

These are small objects made of fired clay with a shape reminiscent of a modern day loaf of bread. Their function is unclear. They were possibly used as a means of communication or as a kind of payment document. They indicate contacts with south-eastern Europe. This specimen was found in remains of the fill of the Bornhöck burial mound and can be assigned to the Únětice Culture.

Bornhöck near Raßnitz, Saale district, Saxony-Anhalt.

© LDA, photo: J. Lipták.

Flint dagger

(2300–1800 BC)

Flint has been a very popular material since humans began making tools. This specimen is a particularly fine example of the fishtail daggers, which stand at the end of the development of flint implements. They are distinguished by their shape and the high level of craftsmanship of their creators. While in southern Europe daggers were already being made of copper and bronze, in the north their shape was copied and sometimes even their casting seams imitated.

Bebertal, Börde district, Saxony-Anhalt.

© LDA, photo: J. Lipták.

Knot-headed pin

(2200–1550 BC)

Bronze objects are very common in the Únětice Culture. Such bronze knot-headed pins were used for fixing and fastening clothes.

Quenstedt, Mansfeld-Südharz district, Saxony-Anhalt.

© LDA, photo: J. Lipták.


(2500–2050 BC)

Such an armguard protected the archer from the bowstring by being attached to the inside of the forearm. Numerous such plates as well as countless arrowheads were discovered in the graves and pits of the Bell Beaker Culture. It can therefore be assumed that bow and arrow were the primary weapons of this culture.

Wangen, Burgenland district, Saxony-Anhalt.

© LDA, photo: Juraj Lipták.


(2500–2050 BC)

While wood rots, stone artefacts survive. A flint arrowhead remained intact. Together with the armguards, it can be traced back to the Bell Beaker people and their tendency to use bows and arrows as their primary weapon.

Schafstädt, Saale district, Saxony-Anhalt.

© LDA, photo: Juraj Lipták.

Bronze axe

(c. 1800 BC)

Decorated axes are attested in the Early Bronze Age, especially in Scotland and Ireland. This specimen is conspicuous for its oversize and somewhat clumsy decoration. It is probably an imitation of magnificent foreign axes, which testify a lively contact and exchange of knowledge over great distances.

Griefstedt, Sömmerda district, Thuringia.

© LDA, photo: Juraj Lipták.