Archaeological Open-Air Museum

Pueblito (CO)

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The Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona is situated in the Colombian northern Caribbean region 34 km from Santa Marta. After walking for at least an hour, climbing large rocks and bypassing some natural traps that the passage of time has left on the trail, you come to this small archaeological town called Pueblito.

Pueblito is an ancient indigenous settlement of the Chairama with both ruins and reconstructions of dwellings, canals, stairs, bridges, terraces, dry walls and drainage systems. Archaeologists estimate that this town was developed in an area of about four square kilometres. In the central part there are about 400 houses, and for all its extension are calculated more than a thousand, which could house about 4,000 inhabitants.

Keltendorf Sünna (DE)

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The Rhön Mountains are a group of low mountains in central Germany. Around 600 BC, tops of hills and mountains were fortified. One of these settlements was found at the Öchsenberg.

This top was the most northern in the Rhön Area and therefore from high strategic importance. Archaeological finds show how much this settlement was used in the Iron Age.
In 2003, tourism experts from the Thüringer Rhön came with the idea of setting up a Celtic Village. The already existing Keltenhotel was an ideal starting point. Construction work at the Öchsenberg started in 2004. When the village opened in August 2006, it consisted of an infocentre as well as:
- A gatehouse with a defensive tower and wooden palisades to enclose the area

Nakubi Grafhorn (DE)

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Close to Hannover, one can find the natural and cultural education centre and Nature Friend’s House Grafhorn. It consists of a modern education centre combined with an Iron Age like house complex with garden and indoor exhibition.

The place was built up with consultation by the Landesmuseum in Hannover. The idea for bringing this Iron Age site to life came from an excavation from the 1980s at Grafhorn. Finds included a pit house and plank house which surface was a bit below ground level. In the nearby area, more Iron Age finds were known including chains, knives, an axe, traces of iron production or iron forging and burial urns. Charcoal production sites as well as grave mounds are visible in the landscape today.

Römermuseum Schwarzenacker (DE)

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We write the year 275/276 AD. The flames go out, the smoke is distorted, the excited shouting ebbs. Silence in Schwarzenacker following the invasion by the Alemanic People. Gradually, the extent is visible: the trading city, founded under Emperor Augustus, lies in rubble and ashes.

Some houses and cellar vaults have survived the onslaught. The floor plan of an Italo-Roman city can be seen until today. Although in the years after the destruction Schwarzenacker was re-populated and rebuilt - the former splendour and the sub-regional importance as a commercial and administrative centre was gone.

Tervetes Koka Pils (LV)

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No

The Tērvete archaeological complex includes four mounds, ruins of a castle, an ancient town and a medieval cemetery. Archaeological excavations were carried out in the 1950s and 60s.

The Tērvete archaeological complex includes four mounds, ruins of a castle, an ancient town and a medieval cemetery. Archaeological excavations were carried out in the 1950s and 60s.

Erve Eme (NL)

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Yes

At Erve Eme we bring back the past using re-enactment and living history. Our goal is to stimulate the (educational) interest in the local and regional history and development of human society in relation to the natural environment.

At Erve Eme we bring back the past using re-enactment and living history. Our goal is to stimulate the (educational) interest in the local and regional history and development of human society in relation to the natural environment...

The Potential for Open-Air Sites: a Diversified Approach in Emilia, Italy

D. Delpiano,
F. Garbasi and
F. Fontana (IT)
The development of open-air cultural heritage and archaeological areas is based upon their optimal safeguarding and management, and through the public awareness they generate. In this paper, considering different management issues and end goals, we will demonstrate how, through cooperation among specialized professionals, local authorities and ...

A Course in Experiential Archaeology at an Archeopark as a Part of Active University Education

V. Mikešová and
D. Maršálek (CZ)
As with any other science, archaeology constantly adopts new methods and trends over time. University education in the field can be very helpful advancing sciences in every country. This type of education influences the early stages of future top scientists and forms their future careers. Therefore, education should reflect not only scientific innovations but also innovative educational methods...

The Wilderness Trust: Out of Eden Project (UK)

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The Wilderness Trust's project, Out of Eden, investigates the origins of farming and Neolithic culture in the UK through practical experimentation. This is in its early stages, carried out entirely with volunteer labour on a 50 acre site in mid-Wales.

The Wilderness Trust's project, Out of Eden, investigates the origins of farming and Neolithic culture in the UK through practical experimentation. This is in its early stages, carried out entirely with volunteer labour on a 50 acre site in mid-Wales.