On 27th and 28th February 2017, the second workshop within the project “First World War and youth – peace and reconciliation” was organized in Dojran. The project was implemented by ALDA Skopje and it’s supported by the British Embassy in Skopje.
The activity involved high school students from several cities in Macedonia, who strengthened their knowledge from this historical period in the country through a field visit and interactive workshops on the topic of First World War. The students, accompanied by their teachers and researchers had the opportunity to visit the front line near Dojran, thus seeing the conditions in which the soldiers have fought and the local citizens have lived during that period.
Vasilka Dimitrovska, an archaeologist and director of HAEMUS gave a lecture about the ,,Archaeological visualization of the First World War in Macedonia”, explaining the scientific activities so far on this topic and the methodology of prospecting the archaeological remains from this period in the field.
This is the second workshop organized within the project, after the first one implemented in November 2016 in Bitola. The last activity that is already announced is an exhibition of art pieces on the topic created by the students involved in the project. The event is going to be held in Skopje on 17 March 2017.
Archaeology of the First World War in the Republic of Macedonia so far has been completely unknown for both, the public and experts. But HAEMUS team didn’t gave up so easily from this topic. We tried to contribute to the creation of some domestic archives of materials, as well as the exchanging of international experiences. Building human capacities who would participate in the dialogue for peace and reconciliation in the Balkan countries through scientific research and understanding of the past of this period, is also one of the aims of our work. We would like to express our gratitude to the of Embassy of France in Skopje, the French Institute in Skopje, cooperation Normandie/Macédoine, many municipalities, the citizen associations and all those scientists who actively helped us with own research or as logistics. And we are very happy bringing on daylight a topic less known but very challenging for many colleagues.