PREHISTORIC CULTURAL ROUTES IN EUROPE - International Webinar
Cultural routes are a relatively new and, above all, fast-growing form of valorisation of cultural heritage achieved through the networking of large number of stakeholders in a wider area. Their range can vary from local and regional frameworks, through national to international routes, like the most famous ones that are certified by the Council of Europe. This international round table addressed issues of stakeholder networking on topics related to prehistoric heritage in the wider European area. Moderator: Sanjin Mihelić (Iron Age Danube Route, Archaeological Museum in Zagreb)
Speakers: Rüdiger Kelm (Archeological Museum Albersdorf Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen Marko Mele (Universalmuseum Joanneum, Iron Age Danube Route) Ramón Montes Barquín (European Rock Art Trails) Organized in partnership with Archaeological Museum in Zagreb (Interreg project Prehistory Adventure), Archeological Museum Albersdorf, Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen, Universalmuseum Joanneum and European Rock Art Trails.
IADR Association was a part of this year's Festival of Situlae, organized by Dolenjska Museum in Novo mesto, one of the sites on our route. Through the workshops and the exhibition of photographs and costumes, the visitors could experience part of Iron Age life and cuisine.
EXHIBITION OPENING "The Romans on Schöckl Mountain"
On June 23 2020, in Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz Exibition "The Romans on Schöckl Mountain" was opened. On the opening ceremony IADR was presented and the visitors could inform themselves about the IADR's mission and products.
On the 27th of June, the renowned archaeological site of Brinjeva gora above Zreče in the Syria region of Slovenia hosted a special event. The site itself was a hilltop settlement with remains of occupation that span from the Early Bronze Age (1900-1600 BC) to the Late Roman period (4th century AD). Today its peaceful and wooded surroundings mostly attract nature lovers and hikers. On the before-mentioned day, the woods of Brinjeva gora buzzed with unusual activity. The pupils of the local primary and high school, together with other visitors, gathered to not only observe but also to experience different skills and activities the way our Bronze and Iron Age ancestors performed them. With the help of skilled artisans, experimental archaeologists and archaeology student of the University of Ljubljana, they were introduced to a reconstruction of a prehistoric pottery kiln, they could try for themselves how much bellowing is needed to smelt a handful of copper, help an iron smith with his work and try-out out a stone axe. They even got a chance to taste the foods, made only from ingredients known already in the Bronze and Iron Ages. All of that, hopefully, left the visitors with a greater appreciation of the abilities and ingenuity of prehistoric communities, together with a sense of importance of our Bronze and Iron Age cultural heritage.
PRESS CONFERENCE AT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM IN ZAGREB
On July 23 2020, at the Gallery of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, press conference was held on which the Iron Age Danube Route (IADR) and the Iron Age Danube Route Association (IADRA) were presented to the Croatian public. The route and the association were presented by Sanjin Mihelić, director of Archaeological Museum in Zagreb and the president of IADRA and Marta Rakvin, IADRA's secretary.