OLDEST HOMES IN EUROPE ORIGINATE FROM MACEDONIA
An imposing selection of the most valuable Neolithic art unearhed on the soil of Macedonia has been presented in the National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana since 28th May. The opening ceremony was accompanied with the magnificent sound of a Neolithic flute – ocarina, played by the recognized expert in old music instruments Dragan Dautovski. Representative of both Slovenian and Macedonian sides addressed the gathering at the opening of the most valuable exhibition for the country and the archaeological science in general, entitled “Neolithic Art from Macedonia.” They included Peter Kos, director of the National Museum and Meri Anicin Pejoska, Director of the Museum of Macedonia, State secretary of Culture Elizabeta Kancevska - Mileska ands Director of the Directorate for Culture and Art of Slovenia Damjan Prelovseh.
As it was expected, the valuable artifacts unearthed in archaeological sites of our countries in the past decades, held in museums in Skopje, Bitola, Prilep and Stip, attracted attention with their specifics at the very beginning of the show. Out of 82 items, only 17 have been known publicly so far so the National Museum in Ljubljana has been given the special honour to offer a really exclusive presentation of cultural heritage from a key period in the development of the mankind (6.300 B.C. to 4.500 B.C.) during its Presidency of the European Union.
“The show is important because the Neolithic, the Early Stone Age was decisive for all forms of permanent living in settlements, in homes. That was a period when agriculture was being established as were all elements known to us today, that had not been known 10000 years ago. At the time when in Macedonia as the central part of the Balkans, it was a normal way of living, the nomadic way of life with hunting as the central part of the economic life was led in what is now Slovenia and West Europe. That means that we are somehow the successors of the lifestyle that started spreading from Macedonia to Europe 8000 years ago,” said archaeological and museum advisor Peter Turk, one of the authors of the text contained in a rich in illustration and factual data catalogue.