8,000-year-old village life to be exhibited
Started in 1993, the studies on the site revealed the traces of the region’s oldest farming communities which brought agriculture and village settlement from Anatolia to Thrace.
As the studies concluded recently, a project Open Air Museum and Visitor Reception Center has been launched with a 2.6 million Turkish liras (over $291,500) budget funded by the local Culture and Tourism Directorate and IPA Cross-border Co-operation Programme.
A wooden time tunnel for the visitor reception center and the basic construction works of the museum have been completed, and models representing humans, animals, tools, and equipment of the 8,000-year-old village life have been placed in the open-air museum.
Kırklareli Culture and Tourism Director Veli Şen told Anadolu Agency that the village life of the year 6,000 B.C. will be presented to the future generations through the project,
The remnants of the oldest farming communities of the region give insights into the lifestyles of ancient village communities, he said.
“It is fair to say that Aşağıpınar is humanity’s common heritage, village settlement, and the first example of a village community,” Şen continued.
“We know that the village settlement communities that came from Anatolia lived here for a while, and then moved to Europe and other regions.”
Şen said: “The visitors coming here will be informed about the human lifestyle of the era.”
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.