Matrica Museum, Hungary: museum, burial mounds and open air museum

Reconstructie grafheuvel. By EXARC (CC-BY-SA-3.0 ).

South of Budapest in Hungary is the town of Százhalombatta. On the edge of the town, near the River Danube, there is an archaeological monument covering 50 hectares which contains 100 burial mounds dating from the Hallstatt Culture. In fact, the word Hallstatt is preserved in the Hungarian name of the town. Also close to the river is the Bronze Age archaeological site of Százhalombatta-Földvár which was inhabited for more than 4,000 years. The museum and the open air museum here were opened in 1996.

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Aerial photo of the Bronze Age archaeological site. By Matrica Museum (Matrica Museum archive) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons.

Burial mounds and the Matrica fort

Many burial mounds or tumuli are clearly visible in the surrounding area. In addition, the archaeological remains of the Roman fort of Matrica can be found here. The historical and archeological museum is named after this fort: Matrica Museum.

Reconstruction of a burial mound. By EXARC (CC-BY-SA-3.0).

Archaeological open air museum

The open air museum extends over six hectares and contains reconstructions of Bronze Age and Iron Age farmsteads. There is also a remarkable reconstruction of a burial mound number 115 which is more than 2,700 years old. The finds from the site, together with an explanation of burial rituals and beliefs at that time, are on public display with a multimedia presentation.

Reconstruction of a iron age village. By EXARC (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
Reconstruction of a iron age village. By EXARC (CC-BY-SA-3.0)


Matrica Múzeum és Régészeti Park
Poroszlai Ildikó u. 1
2440 Hungary




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