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ALITHE Slovakia 1st – 8th July 2022

SVK Senior Learners Training Action (LTA). Active Learning about the influence of Romans in Slovakia will take a place in the organization Lišov Múzeum (LM), which is based in the small village called Lišov, in  Krupina county , region Hont, in Southern part of Slovakia , very rich in many monuments and places to visit and discover, old towns and villages with beautiful architecture and story to tell, a rich nature reserve, and the possibility for a peaceful rural life and opportunity to learn old dying skills and crafts and develop new possibilities for the life in 21st Century and sustainable.

Lišov village is close to the famous spa town Dudince – situated in a picturesque environment, in which the effects of unique mineral water combine with healing impact of unspoilt countryside. Thirty-two natural travertine pools called ´ Roman Spa ´ make it evident that this combination of unique qualities had already been known to ancient people. We will welcome a team of 10 senior learners and 1 accompanying persons

Lišov Museum Background & History

Lišov Museum came under new management 5 years ago and is now being run as an innovative community driven organization. Lišov Museum has developed its research and operating model under the 4 pillars of sustainability (environmental, cultural, social, and economic).

The Lišov community has a complex and rich cultural history and has come under many different geopolitical, social and agricultural influences in the recent and distant past. The cultural heritage in the immediate surroundings of the museum is exceptional and includes a diversity of tufa cave dwellings, a range of traditional vernacular architecture, and it is very near the Neolithic Fossa Giganteum monument which runs throughout parts of Central Europe.

There are 3 main parts of the Lišov múzeum:

Lišovská izba – the village stone house from 1916 , celebrating the cultural heritage and vernacular architecture of local rural life;

Celtic round house – shows the links with the prehistoric and early historic heritage and provides training opportunities in traditional skills and materials;

Mask Gallery–  the International mask collection which exhibits masks from around the world  and inside the gallery we have

small green village shop with local handmade products from the museum production, village and nearby producers, farmers, artists..

As with many rural areas of Europe the village has experience of rural unemployment, changes to land ownership and management, and changes in the social makeup of the community.

Lišov Museum is beginning the journey of working with local people to tell their stories, celebrate their heritage and to diversify and increase local livelihoods.

All that we do revolves around sustainability, which means using local materials, local skills and creating local products…and linking to like-minded organisations who have other local products, which can be showcased and sold in the museum shop.  Our buildings are restored using traditional methods and we draw from the wealth of local art and craft for decoration. It is important that the museum has a place in the wider community of the village and the Hont region, so we cultivate and enjoy a fruitful relationship with the mayor, local shakers and movers and bottom-up organisation such as the local LEADER group. We welcome visitors from all over Europe, who share our ethos and can swap skills and knowledge to help themselves and the museum to grow into a more sustainable rural future.

Web: lisovmuzeum.sk

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Dudince (Romans spa town).

Day 2: Presentation of Lišov Museum in the village Lišov, 10km drive from Dudince. There are three main parts. Traditional village stone house ´Lišovska Izba´ build in 1916, second part is Celtic Roundhouse and the third part is Mask Gallery, with exhibition of masks and local shop with home products. We will tour around, connect with the life of villagers and meet the mayor in the village hall for a presentation and video session.

Day 3: In the morning we will have a tour around the spa town Dudince and visit Romans spa.  Spa Treatment in Dudince are based on the using of rare balneological properties of mineral water. In the treatment of diseases of cardiovascular, an important component is carbon dioxide, and in the treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system of sulphur, in the form of hydrogen sulphide. We will meet with the managers of Spa and have a presentation of the natural cosmetic made out of the water from the spring. In the afternoon we will have a workshop, how to made a soap “, with mineral water according to original recipes from the Romans.

Day 4: ,, Searching for the Romans in the Slovakia“  We will drive to Esztergom – on the border SVK/HU,  Esztergom region,  which was conquered by Rome. Thereafter it became an important frontier town of Pannonia, known by the name of Salvio Mansio, Salvio, or Solva. German and Avar archaeological finds found in the area reveal, that these people settled there following the period of the migrations that were caused by the fall of the Roman Empire. We will have a tour around Esztergom and discuss together, what is the influence of Romans in Slovakia (Romanization) and, on the other hand, how the original tribes could affected the Romans (Barbariation).

Day 5: ,,Roman concrete“ also called opus caementicium, was a material used in construction in Ancient Rome. Roman concrete was based on a hydraulic-setting cemment. It is durable due to its incorporation of pozzolanic ash, which prevents cracks from spreading. During this day we will present to our senior learners how to use different natural materials in building, especially materials used in ancient period.

Day 6: Limes Romanus – Roman Antique Monuments on the Middle Danube –  we will visit a Roman castle Gerulata in Bratislava– Rusovce, which was first in the Carnuntum– Ad Flexum line and military fortress Kelemantia, there ,we will have a tour and meet with the local archaeologist.

Day 7: We will focus on what was learned with each country presenting – important for feedback and evaluation. Than we will prepare meals by the original recipes from Romans and cook it in the stone clay oven.

Day 8: Departure