OKRA is an Archaeological Thematic Park that offers the reconstruction of a slice of Neolithic life as a didactic/educational instrument designed to learning of the oldest history of human being, through the trial and the knowledge of his routines and to the knowledge and comprehension about the delicate relationships between Man and Nature.
Inside the Park there is the experimental reconstruction of a Neolithic hut, areas for handmade activities, fences for animals, plantation area about cereals, legumes, plants and dyeing herbs, vegetable fibres’ plantations, a place of worship and artistic events with a copy of painted motif of the “Deers’ Cave” in Porto Badisco (Otranto-Le).
The simulated excavation area gives an insight of what field archaeology is.
The educational activities are organised as experimental workshops about raw materials (bone, stone, earth, clay, wood, vegetable fibres and animals, etc.) and their transformation that man employed in his everyday activities.The visitors are the protagonists of these workshops: they make a dynamic experience and they are engaged with emotions, in a playful way. In this way, the visitors will implement strategies and methods, rules and working method. So kids are in very close contact with past, they live a unique moment and, remembering prehistorical man’s gestures, they observe everything is around them with other eyes and with all senses. In the workshops, visitors can make objects with the only use of natural materials that they find in OKRA.