The giant deer from the Ice Age

Foto: Felix BorkenauPalaeolithic

Hamburg Archaeological Museum

Hamburg Archaeological Museum
Hamburg, Germany

This skeleton of a giant deer from the Ice Age comes from a bog in Ireland. Giant deer had a wide distribution area in Europe during the last Ice Ages and to some extent also during interglacials. Giant deer stood up to 2.10 m tall at the shoulders. Its most distinctive features, however, were its mighty antlers. The antlers of the deer on display measure 2.40 m from tip to tip, yet the antler spread of full-grown animals is known to have reached 4 metres. The last European giant deer lived 7 000 years ago in Ireland.


  • Title: The giant deer from the Ice Age
  • Creator: Foto: Felix Borkenau
  • Date: Palaeolithic
  • Location: Ireland
  • Provenance: Archäologisches Museum Hamburg Stadtmuseum Harburg|Helms-Museum
  • Type: Giant Deer
  • Medium: Animal Bones, Tierknochen

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