The First Archaeological Park in Macedonia “Arheo Park Brazda”
The archeological site “Gradiste – Brazda” is situated nearly 15 km north of Skopje, on a humble hill that rises over the village of Brazda. With the excavation of the monumental architectural edifice, known as “The Royal tomb” in 1986, the archeological site Gradiste claims a significant place in the archeological circles, as well as in the wider public. With its specific characteristics, the Royal tomb at Brazda represents a unique building of its kind on the wider Balkan peninsula. It is a representative structure with a rectangular chamber with dimension of 9.8 by 6.6 meters and a dromos with over 20 meters in length that steeply descends toward the west entrance of the tomb. The entire structure is built from large decorated travertine blocks with an average weight of 500 to 1500 kg. The idea for the project, or to turn this place into a tourist attraction so it finally receives the attention it deserves was born when we first visited this archeological site as archeology students. A monumental royal tomb dating from the 5th c. BC towered before us with it massive stone blocks, but the entrance to it was nearly impossible and the whole place was overgrown with wild vegetation and buried under year and years of piled garbage. This paper presents the making and the opening of the first archaeological park in R. Macedonia – “Arheo Park Brazda”.
Key words: Antiquity, Royal tomb, archaeological park, management, Brazda
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