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Settlement Museum of Dispilio
7.500 years ago a group of people chose the south bank of the lake
to build with wood and clay a village in or very close to the lake. This Neolithic
community confronts it for hundreds of years the challenges of the ecosystem of
the region by developing a broad spectrum of activities and a special civilization.
The excavation research that the group of Mr G. Ch. Chourmouziades,
professor of AUTH,
started in 1992 brought to light lots of significant findings. Though the study
of these findings there was an effort of reconstructing the image of the prehistoric
lake settlement and creating the first Greek Settlement Museum.
The Settlement Museum of Dispilio goes beyond the limits of a conventional
archaeological exhibition and transforms the archaeological information to a place
where one can experience it. In area of 20.000 square meters that represents the
ecosystem of the lake settlement, the visitor has the possibility to walk on the
wooden platforms of the village, to see the households of the 6th millennium BC
and to see closer the life of the Neolithic inhabitants.
The representation is surrounded by reception and recreation areas
and reflects a modern concept of museums on the level of using the archaeological
This text (extract) is cited June 2003 from the Prefecture
of Kastoria tourist pamphlet.
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