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Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf (DE)
The “Stone Age Park Dithmarschen” in Albersdorf (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany) is being reconstructed as a Neolithic culturalfrom ca. 3.000 BC. Lying close to megalithic tombs and grave mounds dating from the first farmers in Northern Germany, the site offers educational activities like , archery and leatherwork.
Since 1997 the Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf (AÖZA) in the country of Dithmarschen in the western part of Schleswig-Holstein is working on the aim to re-establish a culturalfrom the Neolithic for about 5.000 years ago on an area of about 80 acres.
The AÖZA-project was right from the beginning a initiative from the community of Albersdorf and from the county of Dithmarschen; it was financed in the beginning by funding from the state of Schleswig-Holstein and coordinated by a planning office for the development of rural areas.
To realize the idea they have taken the following concrete steps:
▪ By a mostly natural, but on the base of a landscape-plan controlled development the AÖZA wants to establish in a long-term perspective a type of landscape which reminds in its structure, proportion and in other aspects of a Neolithic. The principle theme for the landscape-development is a half-open pasture woodland, which is formed by the domestic animals of the first farmers. The first domestic animals - sheep and cattle of old species - have already begun with their "work" for the landscape-development.
▪ In a second step the AÖZA is - since the summer of 1999 - building up a “Neolithic village” as anon the project area in the immediate neighbourhood of original prehistoric grave monuments.
▪ The third step is a permanent indoorabout "Mankind and Environment in Prehistory".
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