"VT On The Road - The Bay of the Bones" Republic of Macedonia Things to Do Tip by johngayton

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Our next port of call, almost literally, was the archaeological "Museum on the Water" The Bay of the Bones on the shores of Lake Ohrid close to the village of Peshtani.

On the water is a reconstruction of a prehistoric pile dwelling complete with examples of the houses and other buildings which would have existed during the period 1200 to 700 BC. This is definitely one for those keen on archaeology as the discovery and subsequent reconstruction of the site makes for a fascinating piece of post-visit research.

In 1997 an underwater archaeological team discovered various artefacts and timbers on the lake bottom which were subsequently dated to the late Bronze/early Iron Ages. Over the next eight or so years the site was systematically and painstakingly investigated with sometimes daily dives.

Gradually the team put together a mental picture of what the original structure would have looked like and how its inhabitants would have lived based upon the locations and types of materials discovered and the artefacts and other archaeological evidence unearthed. The findings were used as the basis for the careful scientific reconstruction of the present day village on the water and the accompanying modern museum chronicles the discovery and recreation of the site with dsplays of many of the finds and a short video presentation.

This made for a fascinating little diversion and the site is indeed unique in the Balkans - just a shame the bar was shut - HA!

Directions: On the shores of Lake Ohrid about 13 km south of Ohrid itself.
Website: http://uzkn.gov.mk/dokumenti/MUZEJ%20NA%20VODA_EN.pdf

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  • Updated Sep 22, 2011
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