Bay of the Bones Museum, Ohrid

Explore Macedonia's ancient history at Bay of the Bones Museum, a reconstructed lake dwelling with elements from Ohrid's Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman civilizations. Walk across the wooden bridge to the pile dwellings, built on a platform on the lake, and see a wide array of artifacts on display that were found on the lakebed. Get up-close looks at pottery, tools, and other household objects inside the main building on the shore, itself a remnant from Roman times. As you wander the village, imagine the way its residents would have lived thousands of years ago, surviving off the resources around the lake and sheltering in their clay and reed huts. Keep in mind that the museum is in an outdoor setting, so dress appropriately. To visit Bay of the Bones Museum on your holiday in Ohrid, and find out what else Ohrid has to offer, use our Ohrid tour itinerary builder website .
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  • It's very picturesque place and worth the watch. Located in a magnificent natural landscape and houses huts is a fantastic attraction linked to the tradition.
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  • Surely you will regret or be freed. According to the Lake, the Center has hundreds of years ago in the face of the remains on display at the field Museum, based on findings in light of the high-fidelity attempted studied Word is subject to. It's a different experience, a different place for protection from wild animals, a living space built on water, like I said, you won't regret it
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  • This is an excellent reconstruction of pile dwellings from thousands of years ago. There are more then 20 huts to enter and each are slightly different, showing weaving techniques and items they would...  more »
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  • Interesting place with reconstructions of ancient populations. Unfortunately the site is left as it is. Place is like abandoned. No fixing, no explanations. Full of bees flying around with risk to be bitten. On the highest part of the park there is a small reconstruction of a Roman city wall. But at the end there is nothing special to see. Place should be renewed, be kept well with more attractive things.
  • Went to the Bay of Bones museum as part of an excursion on on of the group catamarans. Lovely place to go, not much there but the replicated village is great to see in a picturesque environment. Worked out around 1.5gbp so super cheap, even if it's not your thing it's not much to waste.
  • A museum by the water, in the Ohrid Lake. Definitely a must go in Ohrid Lake region. Feel free to be delighted by the amazing views while visiting a replica of ancient houses in the lake. The price is 100 mkd, 30 for children and students. You can also see the Roman fortress, with a nice view for the lake. There is also an indoor museum and a cafe.
  • #This place is by the sea beautiful and awesome to photograph
  • The pile-dwelling surface habitats as a means of human existence in specific micro environment, are characteristic especially for Prehistory, from the Neolithic-Early Stone Age, Eneolithic-Copper Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. In 1977 the first underwater archaeological research in Macedonia were carried out at the site Plocha Michov Grad, in the Bay of Bones, along the south coast of the Gradihste peninsula, near the village Peshtani. At a depth of three to five meters numerous wooden piles stuck in the lake bottom were discovered, as well as numerous artifacts dated to the late Bronze and early Iron Age, i.e. from 1200 BC to 700 AD. It is assumed that this and other similar habitats on Ohrid Lake belong to the time when the first tribal populations began their profilation, respectively, at the time of the existence of the Bryges, the oldest tribal community of this region, which is actually an integral element of the ancient Macedonian ethnic substrate. Researchers at the bottom of the lake recorded 6.000 wooden pile,s in research campaigns conducted periodically from 1997 to 2005. Based on measurements of the surface area of the settlement it was concluded that it had spread over an area of approximately 8500 m2. The remains of the settlement were discovered on some ten meters from the shore of the Bay of Bones, on the southern coast of the Gradihte peninsula in length of 155 meters (east-west) and 55 meters (north-south). It was built on a platform supported by wooden piles stuck in the bottom of the lake, and a wooden bridge connected the settlement with the mainland. The studies have shown that on the bottom of the lake in the area of this settlement there is a remarkably concentration of whole and particularly fragmented ceramic vessels, stone artifacts and fragmented animal bones. Among the movable archaeological material are the circular ceramic tiles with different diameter with two, three, or four circular openings. It is assumed that these items were used as fishing equipment by the inhabitants of the settlement. Among the ceramic objects there are also different forms of vertebra, conical and bi-conical, as well as objects used in rituals-altars. The stone tools are mainly fragments of hand grinders for wheat, as well as whole, smoothed elliptical stone objects which must have served as tools for washing clothes. Among the many fragments of bones of domestic animals, there are fragments of deer antlers, presumably used as tools. Within the museum complex, on the flattened plateau there is a fortress-Roman castle from the 3rd century AD enabling you to consider another timeof the Macedonian history and archaeology. The complex contains a facility with a permanent exhibition of artifacts and a coffee bar, a base for underwater archeology and development of underwater tourism, pile-dwelling settlement with 24 reconstructed prehistoric huts on a wooden platform over the lake, several reconstructed half-open constructions within the castle (in the form of viеw points for rest of the visitors) and other contents that enrich the overall environment of the waters and shores of Ohrid Lake.
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