Archaeological Site and Museum    

Round Table: “Experimental Archaeology: impressions and proposals”

Adelina Nexhipi

On April 19th, 2008 the museum of the cultural heritage centre of the Tumulus of Kamenica organized a round table in order to make an assessment about the impressions and results gained so far by the activity of experimental archaeology experienced in the archaeological and museum centre of Kamenica. This meeting was also the chance to discuss the future developments of this important part of the activity of the Cultural Heritage Centre.


The participants to the Round Table were most of all directors, history teachers, and students of various schools who have experiment the program launched by the centre:

    • High School “Themistokli Gërmenji”, Korçë;
    • Preca College, Korçë;
    • School of Foreign languages “Faik Konica”, Korçë;
    • High School “Ymer Dishnica”, Korçë;
    • Professional High School “Isuf Gjata”, Korçë;
    • High School “F. S. Noli”, Maliq;
    • High School, Voskop;
    • Primary School “Mësojmtoria e parë Shqipe”, Korçë;
    • Private Primary School “Thimi Marko”, Korçë;
    • Primary School “Sevasti Qiriazi”, Korçë;
    • Primary School, Floq;
    • Primary School, Ravonik;
    • Primary School, Kamenica;
    • Primary School “Sotir Gurra”, Korçë;
    • High School, Dvoran;
    • Primary School, Dvoran;
    • High School “Raqi Qirinxhi”, Korçë.


After viewing a video registering a day of experimental excavation performed by a class of the School “Themistokli Gërmenji”, prepared by the students themselves, Professor Skënder Aliu brought up the main issues of the program,and started the discussion, moderated by Nertila Gegollari.


The director of the High School “Themistokli Gërmenji”, Mr. Thoma Lice, talked very positively about the interaction between the teachers and students of his school from one side, and the staff of the centre on the other side. He pointed out the interest about archaeology and cultural heritage raised in the students, besides the new knowledge that the students have gained by the introductory lecture. The enthusiasm of the students for the new experience has brought them to organize a contest where groups of students have collected in papers the information that they have gained during the visit to the site and museum.


Later Mr. Nuredin Nazarko, history teacher of the High School in Dvoran, a village close to Kamenica, commented on the new possibilities that the Museum of Kamenica and the education program promoted here offers for the schools in the vicinity of the site. He not only described the interest expressed by the students during their visits to the site, but also explained how important this is for himself and his colleagues. Mr. Nazarko informed the participants also on the future plans of his school to plan regular visits to the site and collaborate with the Museum staff in order to offer students alternative methods of teaching, making use of experimental archaeology.


Another important input to the discussions was offered by Mrs. Daniela Nasto, teacher of history of the primary school “Sevasti Qiriazi” in Korçë. Her main point was that younger students feel particularly close to teaching activities such as experimental archaeology. Based on her experience, she described how happy her students are and how effectively they learn about the past through the visits to the site. She also shared with the participants the fact that visits to Kamenica Tumulus had encouraged not only the interest of her students for archaeology, but also their imagination and their practical skills. She expressed her strong interest in expanding collaboration with the Museum staff for offering her pupils more unusual experiences at the site, as Mrs. Nasto defined her previous visits there.


A strong impact had then the report done by students from the School “Themistokli Gërmenji”, where they described their experience and they talked about their impressions, as quoted “…our desire to feel for few moments in the position of archaeologists made us start the process to learn the sequence of the works…”; “ … we took the tools from a box, and we started working, and all of us, as real archaeologists, started to follow all the procedures of an excavation, very carefully, as this job requires…”; “… this was our first experience, which is also the most uncommon and most beautiful thing we have ever done, it was our first experience in this kind of excavations, which made us touch from close how we can extrapolate historical facts…”; “… perhaps for many of us our future profession will be that of archaeologists, because we understood the importance of this profession.


It was and it will be one of the projects more successful and wonderful for us and for our school…”; “… we cannot forget to thank all the people who made possible this wonderful teaching experience…”.
The enthusiasm of the students was indeed the best compensation for the organizers for all the efforts done till now.


After this evidence the prefect of Korça, Mrs. Elfrida Zefi, congratulated the initiative, the organizers, and the students, evaluating very positively the experimental archaeology program, and confirming her support in the future.
At the end of the round table, a form where teachers and students can write down positive and negative impressions, and suggestions to improve the program was distributed. This feed-back will be kept in consideration by the organizers of the experimental archaeology program in the future activity. This fruitful round table had a large echo in the media also.


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March 8th, 2008: “The Role of the Woman through the centuries, and Women from Korça who have left their mark in History”.
March 8th - 10th, 2008: Display of the original skeletons of the mother and baby which came to light after 2500 years.
April 19th, 2008: Round table “Experimental archaeology: involvement and proposals”.
May 17th, 2008: The Tumulus of Kamenica in a painter’s eyes.
June 28th, 2008: Celebration of the 1st anniversary of the opening of the Archaeological Site and Museum of Kamenica.