Fans of experimental archaeology will meet in Liptov this summer

An international summer school of experimental archaeology open to experts and amateurs will help build a thematic archeo-park to be opened next summer.

Archeopark Liptovia, visualisationArcheopark Liptovia, visualisation (Source: Courtesy of Archeologia.sk)
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The popular tourist destination of the northern-Slovak region of Liptov is offering the opportunity for the first time, the TASR newswire wrote. The Archeopark Liptov summer school will take place in July and August at the foot of the Low Tatras, near the lower-Liptov village of Partizánska Ľupča, and will be organised by the Archeopark Liptov OZ civic association.

Participants are offered a cycle of workshops, creative events and lectures focused on various technologies from the prehistoric times. Apart from Polish and Czech participants, also English-speakers are welcomed for the summer school.

“Themed activities will be focused on architecture, pottery, chopping flints, textile production and processing of wool in the prehistory,” head of the civic association Víťazoslav Struhár told TASR.

The summer experimental archaeology school is meant for people of all ages, and entire families are welcome, he said.

“Our summer school is meant for students of archaeology or history, but also for folk artists who can present their work here, or for the scientific community who can enjoy various experiments,” Struhár explained. “But we are not excluding the wider public, either, and everyone can come and see – and even help. The youngest kids can also get to know our natural materials, so we will be happy to welcome families with children. People can camp here in tents and make nice trips in the area,” he added.

One of the tasks will be the construction of the Liptovia Archeopark, to be finished and opened by summer 2018. “The first 30 people to register will have their food, accommodation and travel costs covered,” the civic association said.

“Archeopark Liptovia is unique in Slovakia because, unlike in other museum expositions, guests can spend several days or weeks in our live park and try to live the life in prehistoric times,” Struhár told TASR. The land plot, more than five hectares big, will gradually see wooden constructions built, which will chronologically document the settling of Slovakia from Palaeolithic times to the Slavonic period and include exhibitions with live animals and simple fields with period plants. The summer school has been prepared by the Archeopark Liptov in cooperation with the Polish district museum Nowy Sacz, within an EU-funded programme, INTERREG PL-SK.

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