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 information.
This text (extract) is cited June 2003 from the Prefecture of Kastoria tourist pamphlet.
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