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Ohrid - Visiting the Bay of Bones


Dedicated to everyone who was convinced at my previous photo that I showed the wrong main photo.
But I really wanted to start with that picture :)

Today I continue my series on that site in the Bay of Bones on Lake Ohrid where 24 replicas of prehistoric houses tell the daily life of a society living in stilt houses at the end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age.
It is supposed that at the time the prehistoric village on the lake had over 60 houses.

All of the artifacts in the small museum have been found in the sand at the bottom of the lake, not on land.
Perhaps interesting to know is that only bones from animals were found. No human bones. In the time of the prehistoric settlement human bodies were burned.
The houses are furnished as they must have looked like 3.000 years ago.
A clay oven is available in some houses.
Livestock was closed off with a wall of braided twigs.
Ceramic pots and tools made of stone and bone are on display in the museum.

For those who missed the previous photo:
From: https://www.discoveringmacedonia.com/2018/bay-of-bones-museum-ohrid/ :

The Bay of Bones museum that can be visited today is a partial reconstruction of a large prehistoric complex.
Archaeological investigations between 1997 and 2005 showed that a large number of excavated remains pointed to a massive settlement on Lake Ohrid.
The prehistoric settlement occupied 8.500 square meters and was supported by 10.000 wooden piles that were all anchored to the lake bed.

It concerns a settlement from the very end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age. This means that the settlement was there between 1200 and 700 BC (so over 3.000 years ago).
Around that period Lake Ohrid was quite shallow allowing for a massive wooden structure to be erected above the water.

Why that name?
The name Bay of Bones is fairly accurate.
The excavations provided a large number of animal remains. Also fragmented but well preserved vessels.

The findings pointed out to a highly developed settlement.
A small prehistoric town that was neatly constructed above the water and connected to land by a number of small, but sturdy bridges.

The Bay of Bones is located on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid, about halfway between Ohrid and Sveti Naum.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6790 W: 24 N: 16051] (62880)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2018-07-18
  • Exposure:30 seconds
  • Photo Version:Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2022-01-31 23:57
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