The undisputed high point of our exhibition is the unique Lion Man - one of the oldest figurative carved sculptures from anywhere in the world. The mammoth ivory figure is at least 35,000 years old. In 2009, new excavations were undertaken in the Stadel cave in the Lonetal valley, where the figure was originally found, and hundred previously missing pieces of ivory were uncovered. They had been left in the cave at the time of the first excavations, which had been discontinued at the end of August 1939 due to the outbreak of World War Two. In the State Office for the Protection of Historical Monuments the figure was taken to pieces and new restored. The Special Exhibition "The Return of the Lion Man" (November 15, 2013 - June 6, 2014)documented the fascinating rostoration project and showed selected objects together with the Lion Man, which since then appears in a new condition.