The Project

All students of archaeology, have their first encounter with the archaeological site “Gradište” v. Brazda, during their studies. So it was in our case. The first time we looked at this site, at the same time we felt a moment of admiration but also, sorrow. There it stood, just before us, a monumental royal tomb from the V century BC. A wonderful building with massive stone blocks, but unfortunately the whole place was overgrown with wild vegetation and covered with garbage. Then the idea to turn this place into a tourist attraction was born.

Finally in 2012 the association in partnership with the Museum of Macedonia and supported by ELEM through its social responsibility program, started working on the field in order to change the image of this important cultural heritage .

To this end, the team from Archaeologica took over several actions for arranging the site and its surroundings.

– The interior of the tomb and the hall (dromos) were completely cleaned from wild vegetation and debris, thus we increased the visibility of the site

– The plateau in front of the tomb was cleared and leveled,

– We provided an approach to the tomb an built an access path with two bridges,

– We built a small square on which we placed wooden benches,

– We organized a voluntary action to clear the riverbeds of garbage

– The landscape around the park was horticultural engrafted

– We placed an informational board and signposts,

– We printed and distributed informative flyers

– The opening of the Arheo Park was covered by media

– We developed a web site about the park

With the realization of this project, we influenced the archaeological and the wider cultural community as well as the local people about the importance and significance for the protection of cultural heritage and its exploitation for purposes of economic development and promotion of the local community. Archaeological Park Brazda has become a new tourist attraction in the vicinity of the capital, and at the same time will continuously contribute to the development of the cultural tourism in the rural areas.

Since 2016 the Institute for Archaeological Research – Skopje has taken the care for the Arheo Park in collaboration with N.I. Archaeological Museum of Macedonia and with the support from the Ministry of Culture of R. Macedonia

The whole concept for the park is not completed yet, the association IARS has a plan to enrich the Archaeological park with additional content. With the full implementation of the project we will get a unique archaeological park by all standards.

This is a team that has implemented this project:

Radomir Ivanovic – Project Manager, IARS

Elena Karanfilovska – Manager of the project European Year of Cultural Heritage at Arheo Park Brazda

Goran Sanev – expert associate, N. I. Archaeological Museum of Macedonia

Aleksandar Nikolovski, Ognen Oncevski, Kiril Shentevski, Danilo Oncevski, Green Ark Association,

Sase Vasilevski, Milan Gjorgjeski, Nenad Pivko, Blagoja Kitanovski, Ana Stevanovska, Sanja Djordjevic, Bojan Stojanovski, Darko Manasiev, Kristijan Dimitrovski, Vukasin Stevanovic, Marko Stojanovic – volunteers

Nikos Kalenzis, Pero Sinadinovski, Marija Trpevska, Jane Kachanski, Bojan Trpcevski, Milica Koceva, Saso Djordjevic, Vladimir Trajanovski, Ratka Shoklevska, Donco Naumovski, Spiro Lazarov, Goran Ivanovski, Stevan Ilijevic, Ivanco Velkov, Marjan Kostovski, Marija Trpeska – associates

Supporters: ELEM, Ministry of Culture of R. Macedonia and the Delegation of European Union, Municipality of Cucer-Sandevo

Friends: SAA Axios, Image Plus, Macedonian Forests, Horti Design, Menelaj – Prilep, A.N.D. Mamarhe and the locals

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