Part of the Regional Museum in Hanušovce nad Topľou is a new “hands-on” archaeology park which tells visitors about the history of the region which goes back several thousands of years.The five dwellings in the archaeology park in Hanušovce were built following the layout of five actual finds in eastern Slovakia. The palaeolithic building is based on a find from Tibava, the Late Stone Age hut is a replica of a find from Košice, the Late Bronze Age dwelling follows the layout of a house from Nižný Hrušov, the Celtic building is from the Late Iron Age in Zemplín and the Slavonic log house was built according to the partially preserved layout of a building from Skrabský.
The dwellings represent various building techniques: from a simple “yurt” structure, through a combination of a log and a woven structure, a palisade structure with a dug out floor and a floor at ground level, to a massive log structure.
In order to fulfil the idea of a “live museum”, the buildings in the archaeology park will be furnished with replicas of furniture we think they had, with equipment and with the everyday objects of people from the past.
During festivals and big events, each building will be inhabited by the figures of a couple with children, dressed in perfect replicas of period clothing. Visitors themselves will be able to borrow similar, less perfect clothing. Transformed by their clothing into people from ancient times, the visitors will be able to touch and try everything and lift objects up, even try using the work tools. Visitors will able to experience the atmosphere of the past through scents (prehistoric and early medieval cooking), listen to an impression of its sounds (archeo-music on replicas of prehistoric instruments). The bravest visitors will be able to try spending a night in one of the dwellings, to experience for themselves life in prehistoric times or in the early Middle Ages.
Source: Vlastivedné múzeum v Hanušovciach nad Topľou