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Skansen open-air museum to be built in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Excavations on the site of ancient settlements have resumed in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

All the finds, and among which are many artifacts, will become part of a unique exposition.

The construction of the very first Skansen in Belarus, that is, an open nature reserve, will begin in the summer of 2017.

Alexander Vashanov, researcher at the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, has been working on this site for days. Evidence of the Mesolithic cultures are evident. But only small fragments of ceramics speak of Neolithic life here. New artifacts come across at every step.

Alexander Vashanov:
It is a scraper, typical for the Mesolithic age. We also found it in this monument.

Researchers do not lose hope of digging out the Stone Age.

This is proven by the remains of coal. Among the finds are those that served man about 12,000 years ago.

Oleg Tkachev, researcher at the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus:
Let's hope that the excavations this year will reveal the secret what it was.

Of course, I would like to hope that it was a dwelling.

Piotr Butrim, CTV:
This is a place for the future open-air museum. It was not chosen by chance. It was in such river floodplains where primitive man usually settled. Therefore, here archeologists and hope to find cultures of different epochs: from the Mesolithic to the Middle Ages.

The very concept of a unique museum is curious.

Seven authentic sites on 16 hectares will move visitors back in time.

Ruslan Kniga, researcher at Bialowieza Forest National Park:
People will be able to build fire, to dress like our ancestors, to make tools, to ride on dugout boats and much more.

The uniqueness of this museum is that it will live its interactive life.

The museum promises to become a magnet for thousands of tourists.

Skansen open-air museum to be built in Belovezhskaya Pushcha