Ottoman Tales, Kupinovo
Description: The Srem Region has been permanently inhabited since the early Stone Age with many clear signs of life just below the ground surface. Thanks to those signs we are able to see activities, ways of life even the way of thinking of the inhabitants of past time. The overall excavations of all historical layers show that this part of the region has an extraordinary rich cultural background. The locality “Ethno house” in Kupinovo village should provide evidence on communities living here since the Iron Age. Many of the localities are endangered due to agriculture or construction, especially in industrial zones, but not this one. The first excavations started five years ago and after four workcamps the results were very positive.
Type of Work: The volunteers will continue the work from the previous years in the area of the fortress Kupinik, destroyed in 1521 when Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent conquered this region. You’ll join the team of volunteers led by a local archaeologist in the continuance of the field works in the compound of the Kupinik fortress in Kupinovo. The workcamps of last year and this year are he first conservation works on the fortress probably since it was destroyed. The volunteers will clear the area under the vertical parts of the fortress walls and the paths towards the fortress connecting it with the village.
Study Theme: There are some very important cultural and historical monuments in this area which will be shown to the volunteers during leisure time.
Accommodation: in two renovated houses in the Ethno Park, sleeping on mattresses. Bring your sleeping bag! Food will be prepared by a local cook.
Requirements: This is a perfect workcamp for students of archaeology/history or anyone especially interested in archaeology and history.
Approximate Location: Kupinovo is 50 km south-west of Belgrade in the Srem Region. It is well known by the famous special protected area “Obedska bara”, the oldest protected area in Europe.
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