Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tips and tricks how to get to Kokino - the oldest ancient astronomical observatory on the Balkans

Kokino, an archaeological site from Bronze Age period and a prehistoric archaeo-astronomical observatory gain the attention of scientists and media since the moment it was discovered in 2001. Archaeologically tested and astronomically proved, this advanced community which settled Kokino around 1800 BC, used very complicated mathematical equations for observing the sky and the celestial phenomena. We are very lucky they left marks around the stones and rock in shape of markers while observing the rising of the sun during the summer and winter solstice, spring and fall equinox and many other things in the time when they lived.

I’ve been to Kokino so many times with friends, colleagues or tourists, I stopped even counting. I answered hundreds of times to clients how to rich Kokino alone, so finally I decided it would be for everybody’s benefit if I share my experience how to find the oldest worldwide recognized observatory on the Balkans and the second one after the Stonehenge. 

How to get to Kokino 

Whether you approach to Kokino from Kumanovo or Kriva Palanka, the moment you see the craters from the small ancient dried volcanoes, you know that you’ve reached the Northeastern part of Macedonia. This natural landscape is very familiar with this region and the fusion of natural and cultural heritage contributed to existing of few extraordinary archaeological sites like Kostoperska Karpa, Kokino, Cocev Kamen and Konjuh.

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

UNESCO Club HAEMUS official web site

UNESCO club HAEMUS was established at the end of 2012 with the special permission from the National Commission for UNESCO of the Republic of Macedonia. The organization is based in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia under the auspices of HAEMUS – Center for scientific research and promotion of culture. It is a member of the Movement of Clubs of UNESCO of the Republic of Macedonia and the only one of its kind promoting Balkan heritage.

Official web site

The UNESCO Club HAEMUS was born of individual initiative: as an answer to a widespread feeling among their members of the need to participate more actively in international life, in harmony with UNESCO’s approach and within its fields of competence. Our activities are directed towards the ideals set forth in the Preamble to the UNESCO Constitution.

We can summarize the aims of UNESCO Club HAEMUS as follows:

■ To promote understanding of the aims and ideals of UNESCO and work for the success of their implementation;
■ To support and implement the UNESCO’s declaration of Open Educational Resources
■ To participate in campaigns for literacy, environmental protection, and preservation of the cultural heritage.
■ To collect and preserve traditional cultures, including oral traditions
■ Organizing lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences on cultural heritage
■ Organizing exhibitions, artistic troupes, dramatic groups and orchestras, as well as essay-writing, poetry, photography, drawing, and other similar activities
■ Organizing cultural and educational trips to historical and natural heritage sites.

UNESCO Club HAEMUS Lecture 05 about the Religious continuities in Macedonia


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