Archaeological Open-Air Museum

Kanlıgeçit Open-Air Museum (TR)

Member of EXARC
No

Kanlıgeçit is an Early Bronze age site 500 m south of the Kırklareli town centre excavated from 1994 to 2006 by a joint project of İstanbul University and the German Archaeological Institute. The settlement was established ca. 3200 BC as a small Thracian village but transformed and redesigned in ca. 2400 BC as a citadel imitating Anatolian town model comprising of megaron type of buildings. The site is being redesigned as an open-air museum by modelling the megaron phase of the settlement.

Kanlıgeçit is a reconstructed site; the excavated area has been covered by soil after the excavation had finished, and the buildings found, are re-built in the exact place in original size. The re-constructed buildings are not complete; they have been built as a half (some walls are a meter but most of them 50 to 70 cm high). Staff did not want to complete the upper part of the structures because of different reasons.

Aşağı Pınar Open-Air Museum (TR)

Member of EXARC
No

Aşağı Pınar is a Neolithic site in Eastern Thrace located in the town of Kırklareli 300 m south of the main Bus centre on the road to Asilbeyli village. The site was recovered by M. Özdoğan in 1980. The excavations began in 1993 as a joint Project of İstanbul University and the German Archaeological Institute; since than extensive areas have been exposed revealing an uninterrupted sequence from Early Neolithic, ca. 6200 BC to Middle Neolithic ca. 4700 BC...

Excavations have now been concentrated on the northern sector of the site, where the earliest settlement was established. The rest of the site has been designed as an open-air museum comprising of distinct units. Among them three traditional cruck-like buildings transported from the Istranca mountains have been designed with models to display the Neolithic way of life at Aşağı Pınar. Among other units experimental archaeological area, traditional crafts, training centre, natural environment of Neolithic Thrace and Time Tunnel, some of them have been finalised, other are under construction.

Peat Moors Centre - Somerset Heritage Centre (UK)

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No

The suggestion for the Centre originated from John Coles. The first roundhouses were built by Somerset County Council staff to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the Lake Village.
They closed in 2009 and are now called Somerset County Council Heritage Service, Somerset Heritage Centre.

The suggestion for the Centre originated from John Coles. The first roundhouses were built by Somerset County Council staff to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the Lake Village. They closed in 2009...

EmeSe Várispánság (HU)

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No

EmeSe (European Medieval Settlement) has as main goal to promote the history and customs of the medieval Árpád-age to the wider audience with the help of professionals (archaeologists, historians, etc.) and experimental archaeology and historical reconstruction.

EmeSe (European Medieval Settlement) has as main goal to promote the history and customs of the medieval Árpád-age to the wider audience with the help of professionals (archaeologists, historians, etc.) and experimental archaeology and historical reconstruction...

Ovahimba living museum (NA)

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No

The Ovahimba Living Museum is a place where you can interactively experience the traditional culture of the Ovahimba. The Museum acts as a traditional school for guests and for the children of the own community alike and at the same time it is an income generating institution.

The Museum is strategically located between the Ovahimba capital Opuwo and the paradisiac Epupa Falls at the Kunene River in the north of Namibia.

Limeskastell Pohl (DE)

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No

Trajan's column in Rome and Replica of a Roman Fortlet and Watchtower at Pohl on the UNESCO World Heritage Site „Frontiers of the Roman Empire" by Dr. Jens Dolata, archaeologist at the Head Office for Cultural Heritage (GDKE) Rhineland-Palatinate at Mainz.

The dedication of Trajan's Column in Rome took place 1900 years ago, attested by the Fasti Ostienses in a ceremony lasting from May 10th to 12th 113. The 40 meter high monument carries a 200 meter spiral frieze depicting the development of a section of the Roman Imperial Frontier in 155 scenes with 2000 carved figures. Emperor Trajan completed with this enormous victory monument and war report his outstanding forum in the Urbs Roma.

Archaeological Complex Myssle (SK)

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No

Since 1977 archaeological research have been realized by Archaeological Institute of SAV in Nitra in the area of Várhegy located in the village of Nižná Myšľa, examining skeletal burial ground and since 1988 there have been a research by Eastern Slovak Museum in Košice, which examines the fortified settlement from the Bronze Age. The authors of the research are Ladislav Olexa and Dárius Gašaj.

We try to present the public with the results of dozens of archaeological seasons through the replicas of the houses, fortifications and farm buildings built in the places where they originally stood and were the objects of archaeological research. In the area there is a partially reconstructed fortified settlement with a gateway and bridged moat. A replica of a log house and a house made of rows of poles from the Bronze Age are also parts of the complex. An event called Return to Várhegy takes place in this area once a year.

Amerindian Kalinago Village (VC)

Member of EXARC
No

In 2010, the remnants of a 16th century indigenous village were discovered in St. Vincent, on the construction terrain of the new International Argyle Airport. The Amerindian village is now reconstructed based on excavated floor plans and the detailed descriptions of 16th century travellers. The Cayo Village Reconstruction Project at Argyle is the first and only Kalinago-European site of encounter to be found and fully excavated.

The site was initially excavated by NEXUS 1492 archaeologists Dr. Corinne Hofman and Dr. Menno Hoogland and revealed floor plans of eleven Amerindian houses. Two of these dwellings were larger, elongated structures, which, using the dictionaries of Reverend Raymond Breton, were interpreted as men’s houses. Breton’s dictionaries include detailed descriptions of the houses and building materials.
In the interest of preserving this important local heritage, the Cayo Village was declared a National Heritage Site.

Archeoskanzen Praveká osada Mokrý Kút (SK)

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No

Prehistoric village project "Wet nook" is established by Ipea civic Association in Vyšný Kubín. We are focusing on dynamic presentation of ancient life based on local prehistoric culture. The main initiative was to build up a residential property along with production area and outbuilding.

The village Vyšný Kubín is situated on north Slovakia region – dolná Orava (lower Orava). From historical point of view is this area well known for its inhabitation by lusatian culture influence mainly from early and late Bronze Age until late Iron Age. The reconstruction of lusatian house is based on Slovak Academy of Science archaeological discovery back in 2008 done in Dolný Kubín, Ožinica district. The project has started in 2012 by building up the reconstruction of lusatian culture estate and shelters, which are used to present activities directly connected to the ancient time frame.

Alaska Native Heritage Centre (US)

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No

The Athabascan people traditionally lived in Interior Alaska, an expansive region that begins south of the Brooks Mountain Range and continues down to the Kenai Peninsula.

Today, Athabascans live throughout Alaska and the Lower 48, returning to their home territories to harvest traditional resources. The most important part of Athabascan subsistence living is sharing. All hunters are part of a kin-based network in which they are expected to follow traditional customs for sharing in the community.