Sunday, September 18, 2016

SCVPINI ROMANI - International Festival of Ancient Roman Culture

Event date: Sunday, 06 November, 2016
Location: Oreov Lad complex, Skopje
Organised by: HAEMUS – center for scientific research and the promotion of culture (MKD), in cooperation with the Archaeological Park “Viminacium” (SRB) and in partnership with EXARC (NL)
Country: Republic of Macedonia
Era(s): Roman Era
Kind of Event: for Public

SCUPINI ROMANI is a brand of HAEMUS a center for scientific research and the promotion of culture based in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. It consists of plenty portable exhibits (pottery, clothing, jewelry, knitted items, souvenirs) which are specially designed for this purpose and handmade by artists, artisans and craftsmen, inspired by the rich cultural heritage from the Roman period discovered in the Republic of Macedonia. The concept of SCUPINI ROMANI is variable depending on the circumstances and can be organized as an ambient setting, mobile exhibition or festival with live actors.

This fall SCUPINI ROMANI is designed as an international festival dedicated to ancient Roman culture. In an attempt to capture the reconstruction of people’s everyday life in ancient Rome, we’ve tried to visualize part of beliefs, traditions, fashion, food and crafts through several craft workshops practiced in antiquity (pottery, jewelry, crochet, wickerwork craft, hairdressing and mosaic). All participants including the organizers will be dressed in authentic costumes and jewelry.

The festival will be supplemented by public lectures from archaeologists who research Roman archaeology. Also there will be the children corner dedicated to the youngest, tasting of ancient Roman food, exhibition of costumes and clothes inspired by ancient Rome, exhibition space with commercial copies of the Viminacium Archaeological Park. The opportunity for buying domestic hand-made souvenirs based on the ancient Roman cultural heritage which derives from the territory of the Republic of Macedonia will be available to the visitors.

The event is made under the slogan of UNESCO’s Open Educational Resources.

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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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