New Interactive Archaeological Area at the Orsk Local Lore Museum

15 September 2014

A new archaeological exhibit for children has welcomed its first visitors in the Orsk Local Lore Museum in the summer of 2014. It is an interactive space with a cave equipped with a big sandbox where children can learn to search for ancient artefacts by themselves.

According to the makers of the project they wanted to recreate the atmosphere of a completely realistic experience. Surfaces imitating natural stone are decorated with cave paintings, just like the ones in homes of cave people. There is a fireplace with real coal, archaeological tools and a spacious tent. Background music imitates birdsongs, streams and other sounds of wildlife.

Genuine archaeological artefacts are under glass wall displays, presented in chronological order. These include a horse harness, objects of worship and day-to-day life, mirrors, jewellery, arrowheads and more. The uniqueness of the area permits close contact with antiques and even allows children to work with some of them, and literally “touch” the secret world of archeology.

The target audience is children of preschool and primary school age. However, classes are attended by people older than that, even adults get interested, play and participate in the contests.

Alexander Ushakov, head of the Archaeology Department at Orsk Local Lore Museum said: “This extraordinary project came to life with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation which gave our museum a grant to develop the School for the Young Archaeologist. “We hope that now, with this new area, we will be able to significantly increase the level of enthusiasm for archaeology, and many of our younger visitors will want to become real archaeologists.”

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