Join us at the ArhKonTur Final Conference on January 20th 2021 at 14:00 CET where Prof. Hrvoje Potrebica will present the Iron Age Danube Route! Link: About the event: The conference will present results of the project for educating new tourist guides specialized for archaeological sites in Croatia, and host experts in the fields of tourism, cultural management and heritage interpretation, thus providing space for discussion on cultural and archaeological tourism in our changing times. The event is divided into two main themes, archaeological tourism and interpretation of archaeological sites as part of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. We are pleased to welcome distinguished international speakers from diverse areas of expertise, Alessandra Priante, Regional Director for Europe at UNWTO, Greg Richards, professor at Tilburg University, the leading expert in the fields of cultural and creative tourism, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes and Stefano Dominioni, Director at the European Institute of Cultural Routes for the Council of Europe. The ArhKonTur project is concerned with a very specific issue of specialized guiding principles in presenting archaeological sites, special interest guiding and heritage interpretation organized as an education programme for vulnerable groups. It is closely linked to archaeological tourism, cultural tourism, creative tourism and especially applicable for archaeological Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, in line with the UNWTO Kyoto Declaration, the CoE Santiago de Compostela Declaration, principles of the ICOMOS Interpretation Charter as well as other relevant documents supporting sustainable cultural tourism and responsible and inclusive interpretation of heritage sites. The target group consists of unemployed people over the age of 54 and under the age of 25, who owing to the specialized training provided by experts from both the archaeological and tourism sector gained competences for organizing specialized tours on archaeological sites in seven different counties of Croatia. This contributes to the promotion of cultural heritage often overlooked by tourists and provides the basis for further specialized trainings on innovative practices in cultural tourism and heritage interpretation.
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.