Archaeological Site and Museum    


This project has been initially funded by the Packard Humanities Institute.

The Tumulus of Kamenica is one of the most representative monuments of the prehistory of Albania and that of the wider region. It is the largest monument of its kind discovered and investigated so far in the country, and carries more or less a seven centuries long history.

By visiting the site and the museum of the Tumulus of Kamenica you will have the possibility to experience the uncommon encounter with the mysterious and diverse world of death of a prehistoric community that lived in the period between the end of the 13th and the middle of the 6th centuries B.C. More than illustrating the death, however, the panels of the site museum inform about life, social relationships, technological achievements, cultural contacts and exchanges of this prehistoric community.

Are preserved and presented to the visitors some funerary structures, unique for the prehistory of Albania and the wider region:

‘The Big Circle’ around the central grave

The first group of ‘monumental structures’

The second group of ‘monumental structures’

The unexcavated part of the Tumulus
The site Museum provides a concise history of the Tumulus and the main results of the inter-disciplinary research undertaken here. Thanks to the descriptive panels, reproduced objects, burial contexts, plastic reconstruction of the Tumulus, and the ‘multimedia corner’ (Fig. 5) you will have the possibility to undertake a brief tour through a culture that has stopped its progress more than 2,500 years ago. You will be presented with many personal and collective histories of a prehistoric community which was apparently struggling every day not only for survival, but also for shaping and maintaining its cultural identity.

By visiting the Tumulus of Kamenica you come to know not only a unique monument, but also a very representative part of the ancient history of Albania.


Three are the main challenges that the Cultural Heritage Centre at the Tumulus of Kamenica will be facing in the near future: first, its transformation into a sustainable project; second, its transformation into a modern centre for archaeological information and education; and third, the completion of the adequate project of conservation of the unique funerary structures of the tumulus.
Currently is under discussion an ambitious project that aims the achievements of these goals. This project includes the construction in the future of a modern museum in full respect to the architecture of the tumulus and its environmental setting (Fig. 6), consolidation of the structures of the ‘monumental graves’, and the strengthening of an efficient system for the management of the archaeological site that will ensure its sustainable development.


Experimental Archaeology

One of the main goals of the administration of the Cultural Heritage Centre at the Tumulus of Kamenica is the organization of ‘open days’ for the visitors as well as of educational activities with school children and university students.
Experimental archaeology and lectures on Albanian prehistory, mortuary customs and any other aspect of archaeology are only few ways of achieving the main goal. Every school is invited to coordinate the educational programs with the Albanian Rescue Archaeology Unit and the administration of the “Tumulus of Kamenica” to plan the ‘Experimental Archaeology Days’ during which will be stimulated archaeological research activities as well as production activities following our understanding of ancient technologies.

Groups of up to 30 members could arrange talks or lectures on any subject of Albanian Archaeology.

By paying the modest entry fee at the site you contribute to the protection and promotion of this unique monument.

Lorenc Bejko

Maria Grazia Amore

Skender Aliu
Authors of the Research and Cultural Heritage Project at the Tumulus of Kamenica

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Annual Bulletin

Calendar of Activities

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 10th, 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.