Our anthropology and prehistory collections include archaeological objects and anthropological specimens.

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The archaeological collections are mainly the result of excavations undertaken by our researchers at prehistoric sites in Belgium during the second half of the 19th century and the 20th century. Our institute also has the archaeological collections that resulted from our excavations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the colonial period. Finally, the collections are completed by a few ethnographic objects and specimens that were either exchanged or donated to us.


Human remnants found at the Spy Cave (Belgium) in 1886. (Foto: P. Semal, KBIN)

The anthropological collection contains a large proportion of the prehistoric human remains that have been discovered in Belgium and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Spy Neanderthals, excavated in 1886, are possibly our best-known pieces. We also have collections of bones from medieval and modern sites, two collections of individuals of known age and gender, as well as an osteological reference collection of bones from various different geographic locations. The anthropological collection also includes anatomical casts that are of historical and scientific importance. 

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