31 March 2009 | Macedonia has set aside some funds for the continuation of the archeological excavations and has publish brochures for the promotion of the megalithic observatory at the ancient Kokino site in north-eastern Macedonia.
he Ministry of Culture this year dedicated 120,000 Macedonian dinars (around 1,940 euro) for archaeological research of the ancient Kokino observatory, which has been nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Vecher newspaper reported recently.
The archaeological-astrological excavations of the entire vicinity of the Kokino site continue, according to the publication, with the aim of demonstrating their interconnectedness.
In addition, promotional brochures in French and English about the 3,800-year-old site were already prepared and presented at UNESCO’s meeting in Paris of January this year. The brochures contain astronomer Yane Tsenev’s research, with information of the site’s significance. According to the publication, their Macedonian version will be presented in the country soon.
The archaeological site of Kokinovo is located about 30 kilometres from the town of Kumanovo in north-eastern Macedonia. The megalithic observatory discovered there in 2001 was determined to be around 3,800 years old. The oldest archaeological finds from the site date from the Early Bronze Age, but many objects from the Middle Bronze Age were also excavated, including ceramic vessels, stone-mills and moulds.
Stone markers used to track the movement of Sun and Moon were also discovered at the site.
The Kokino megalithic observatory was recognized by the United States Space Agency (NASA) as a significant heritage site of this type in its "Timeless knowledge" project in 2005. It listed Kokino side by side with ancient observatories as Stonehenge in Great Britain, Abu Simbel in Egypt and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
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