On October 24. -25. took place another training session for school teachers. The seminar was meant for the teachers to gain archaeological knowledge from the scientists who are doing current research. Teachers in school From a researcher to a teacher The conception of the training while working it out was to cover as many specific and narrow archaeology-related research topics as possible.
On November 15 2013, the staff members of the Archaeological Center of Pskov Region held an information day for middle school students that was dedicated to the archaeological heritage of Eastern region of Lake Pskov. The meeting was held in the Gdov Museum (Associate partner of the AAC project). The participants were explained how the occupational layers are formed and what are the questions that archaeology deals with.
A large amount of building material for the reconstruction of an ancient storehouse (an addition to the ancient farm in Rõuge) was prepared during a seminar on experimental archaeology in summer 2013. The participants acquired several new sklls and gained knowledge. The walls of the storehouse were erected during summer. During the second week-end of October, roof support was installed.
In Ludza Museum, a ”Days of Archaeology” took place to introduce the archaeological monuments of Latgale, Latvia. First day was organised in Ludza Middle School No2. Ancient Latgale jewellery and artefacts were presented to the participants – teachers and students from forms 9-11 – and they could even hold the items to feel more connected with their ancestors.
18th-20th October, partners from Tartu and Pskov visited archaeological sites in Ingria and in the vicinity of the middle part of river Pljussa. During the inspection, participants shared their experience and their understanding of archaeological sites. As the areas were inhabited by people whose successors have lived in the borderlands of both, Estonia and Russia, the inspections turned out to be very informative and profitable for all of the participants.
On October 16, a seminar for the young from Ernst Gluck State Gymnasium took place in Alūksne Museum. The goal of the seminar was to teach about weapons and warfare in the territory of Latvia in 13th-16th centuries. Some demonstrations of middle age battle and fight techniques were held and weapons were showed. Participants tried on medieval chain mail shirts and helmets.
10th – 12th October 2013, a student seminar on archaeology took place in Tartu. There were performers from Pskov, Gdov, Velikie Luki, , Sankt-Peterburg and Tartu. All of the students presented their current research topics and newest results. All in all, there were 19 different performances and short discussions. During the seminar, the students had the possibility to get to know others’ research topics, ask questions and commingle.
Two small figurines of a horse rider were discovered in the Marinu village, Viru-Nigula local authority in the Lääne-Virumaa County. The finds were discovered with the help of a metal detector; upon making the discovery the finder contacted the National Heritage Board. Ingmar Noorlaid, specialist of the National Heritage Board, inspected the site on January 3 2013. The find site is situated on the Paepõllu property in the village of Marinu.
On October 4 an international conference, dedicated to the results of archaeological and ethnological field works organized by the Museum of Man (Paris) in Setomaa, south-eastern Estonia in 1937 and 1938, took place in Värska (Setomaa). The fieldworks were initiated by the famous Russian emigrant writer, Leonid Zurov, and accompanied by Boris Vilde, the organizer of the Resistance movement in France during World War II. During these expeditions ca.
Eighth pan-European science festival Researchers’ Night took place on September 27th. Archaeologists from the University of Tartu, in co-operation with the University of Tartu Art Museum, participated third time already and this time the focus was on mummies and their secrets. Almost 500 people visited the 4-hour interactive exhibition and gained knowledge about mummy-making processes, balmed animals and who and why were chosen to be balmed.