Home Page
22 Feb 13

Macedonia Finishes Conserving Bronze Age Site

Work on preserving the ancient observatory at Kokino in Macedonia will finish this year, the National Museum in Kumanovo announced.

24 Вести
Megalithic Observatory in Kokino, Macedonia | Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Acer GER

Conservation work at the archaeological site at Kokino, 30km from Kumanovo, in northern Macedonia, will include the sanctuary and the surrounding wall, experts said.

"Works include the outer wall as well as the astronomical platform, which will be presented to the public so that visitors can understand what happened a long time ago in Kokino," the director of the National Museum in Kumanovo, Jovica Stankovski, told MIA News Agency.

Stankovski described this as the final phase of research at the archeological site, which was discovered in 2001.

The Bronze Age site is about 100 metres in diameter and is on two levels underneath the Tatikev Kamen mountain, at an altitude of 1,013 metres. Research suggests it was a sacred place and was used to observe celestial objects.

Among the important findings are stone markers used to track the movement of the sun and moon, the winter and summer solstices, as well as the equinox.

Artifacts from Kokino archeological site | Wikimedia Commons/Macedonian National Museum

Excavations carried out on the upper platform have uncovered ceramic objects, animal bones, pyramidal weights and fragments of grinding stones.

Stankovski said that after conservation work is finished, the site will be presented to scientists and experts. Several universities are already negotiating with the musem to visit Kokino.

The director said that promotion of the archeological site was of great importance for the municipality of Staro Nagoricane.

"In the past two years, the number of tourists in Kokino has increased, especially from abroad," he noted.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Culture Policy Focus

serbian-film-industry-needs-resources-to-grow-04-01-2016
05 Apr 16

Serbian Film Industry Needs Resources to Grow

Award-winning Serbian film director Nikola Ljuca argues that filmmakers in Serbia are hindered by financial hardship and a lack of systematic support.

02 Feb 16

Briton’s Long Walk into Serbia’s Heart

25 Dec 15

Spirit of Christmas

23 Dec 15

Crafting a New Ceramics Culture in Belgrade

25 Oct 15

Belgrade Book Fair ‘too Commercial’

22 Oct 15

Montenegrin Art Group Spurs Cultural Revival

21 Oct 15

UK-Romanian Writer Takes Fame in His Stride

Blog

/en/file/show//Images/Images.New/Bloggers/Sasa Dragojlo photo blog.jpg
26 Oct 15

Five Books to Seek Out at the Belgrade Fair

This year the International Belgrade Book Fair will present 1,500 titles, but there are five books from prominent Serbian writers translated into English that readers should not miss.

Latest News

07 Mar 16

Belgrade Guitar Art Festival - an Eclectic Mix

02 Mar 16

Serbian War Drama Delights Belgrade Film-Goers

19 Feb 16

“Humidity” to Open 44th Annual FEST

01 Feb 16

Belgrade Honours Bowie in Sound and Vision

05 Nov 15

Free Zone Film Festival Returns to Serbia

28 Oct 15

Belgrade Jazz Festival Eyes the Future

21 Oct 15

BEMUS Headlines Busy Culture Month in Belgrade

Reviews

08 Jan 14

Retracing Edith Durham’s steps

22 Apr 13

Cheap and Cheery Beers in the Office

18 Mar 13

Diagnosing Kosovo