PREHISTORIC TOWN TO FLOAT ON OHRID LAKE
The Government has supported and initially approved 500,000 euros for the construction of a small floating prehistoric town at the "Bay of Bones" in Lake Ohrid near the Gradiste Trailer camp not far from the Pestani village. The initiator of the project for partial reconstruction of a pre-historical pole-supported settlement is Pasko Kuzman, an archaeologist in Ohrid and Director of the Directorate for Protection of the Cultural Heritage.
“We will use this opportunity to make archaeological digging at Gradiste as well, where there is a fortress, but the public does not know that. A pole-supported settlement will be connected via a path to the Roman site of Gradiste, which we will
examine and partially conserve and restore. This means that suddenly, we will get two archaeological points appealing to visitors. The owners of the camp are willing to assist the effort. Thus, they will get one more destination near the camp. The floating museum will be the first restored pole-supported settlement not only in Macedonia but in the Balkans,” Pasko Kuzman said.
The floating town near Gradiste will be constructed on the foundations of a Bronze Age settlement. The place was settled in 1200 to 800 B.C. The life of those people will be presented in a floating museum that will bring back the visitors to the prehistoric ages.
“Anybody who has a little imagination and fantasy can bring themselves back to the Bronze Age as I do when I make exploration. If you unleash your mind when you are underwater, you are there and live with the people. You see them, hear them and
see calves, pigs and horses passing by,” He added.
MD: Wow that's very interesting, we can't wait to see it finished. Kuzman also said that there is a similar settlement only in Kostur, but it is on dry land and he saw something similar in Poland, a Bronze Age settlement, Biscupin, dated to 500 B.C. The town was erected on water and is visited by tourists from all over the world.