Friday, November 18, 2016

Archaeological Museum of Macedonia - photo gallery of artifacts

In October 2014 in Skopje, the new Archaeological Museum of Macedonia officially was opened as a national institution form the highest rank in the protecting and presenting the cultural heritage of the Republic of Macedonia. More than 6,000 artifacts from all historical periods, from prehistory until the Middle Ages are presented to the public on three floors and an area of ​​6,000 square meters. The museum has several departments of prehistoric archaeology, ancient and medieval archaeology, numismatics cabinet, lapidarium, anthropological setting. Besides the rich archaeological exhibition, the museum also features glass cabinets, 15 wax figures, 83 paintings, video-animations, ambient situations, mosaics of the valuable cultural heritage and there is also reconstruction of objects from different periods. 

Some of the photos are courtesy by,, and they are used only for non-commercial purpose and promotion of the cultural heritage of the Republic of Macedonia

Thursday, November 17, 2016

From Monumental War to the Monuments of War - Archaeology of the Great War in the Republic of Macedonia

This year I’ve joined to the “Day of archaeology” 2016 with an article about the archaeology of the WW1 in the Republic of Macedonia. The “Day of archaeology” is a project which aims to provide a window into the daily lives of archaeologists from all over the world. The project is run by a team of volunteers who are all professional archaeologists, and taking part in the project is completely free. The whole Day of Archaeology relies on goodwill and a passion for public engagement!

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From Monumental War to the Monuments of War – Archaeology of the Great War in the Republic of Macedonia

Couple of weeks ago I went on a field trip to Mariovo region (Novaci municipality) for searching the remains of the First World War in the Republic of Macedonia. Field activities were based on surface prospecting of the Macedonian front remains during the Great War. The visit included the 1050 elevation, the upstream of the Black River (Crna River today or ancient Erigon), the villages Skochivir and Slivnica where the hospitals were settled during the WW1 and the field near the village of Bach which was used by the Air Forces. Immense photo and video documentation for some future research was made.

Oh, no, I am not a historian, nor will ever be engaged in modern history, since I am a prehistoric archaeologist and I love working with stone tools. But I am a director of HAEMUS, which is a very big center for scientific research and promotion of the culture based in Skopje and I manage many projects on different heritage topics, including this one about the WW1.

Regarding the Great War, I could surely say that Republic of Macedonia is definitely an open-air museum. “Eastern Front”, known under many names in historical records but mostly as “Macedonian front”, has great importance for the history of Macedonia and the Balkans. I’ve had to pass through hard battles in the last three years in order to promote the archaeology from the First World War in the Republic of Macedonia. As an organization we’ve ran few projects, public debates and we organized very big conference on topic ”First World War in the collective memory – Exchange of experiences in the Balkans”. Still it wasn’t enough. I was devastated to show to everybody that on the modern territory of the Republic of Macedonia took place some of the biggest battles that killed thousands of soldiers of many nationalities and religions, which today are buried on more conceptual organized necropolises/cemeteries. The architectonic remains in places where battles took place, includes parts of the destroyed complexes of bunkers, positions, machine gun nests and trenches that can be seen today. They comprise the physical remains of significant points in European and world history in order to explain the reasons that led to the creation of ‘Modern Europe’. On the entire front line length of about 450 km there are thousands and thousands of artifacts and monuments everywhere, waiting to be explored, excavated, identified, cleaned, preserved and displayed in the museum, to tell the piece of the unknown European history.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

SCUPINI 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.

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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