Since 2001 in the area belonging to the Nature and Technology Museum in Starachowice there has been a reconstructed slag-pit furnace structure site presenting production workshop discovered by K. Bielenina (site: Starachowice 1). One can see here a reconstructed ancient technological line: smoke furnaces, charcoal kiln for making charcoal, ore roasting place, entrance to the mine tunnel and a cabin of ancient metallurgists. The settlement was located in a canyon surrounded by plants, isolated from the modern space. It had created an exceptional atmosphere of a meeting with the everyday life of metallurgists from the Roman times. The "settlement" does not exist actually. Only some photographs of this structure from "The Fair with Starzech" event in 2001 remained and could be watched in the Gallery.

Especially for the purposes of the IRON ROOTS event the ARCHEOPARK construction was started in 2004 offering conditions similar to the once existing metallurgical settlement where now numerous reconstructions are prepared to be used for various workshops and presentations. ARCHEOPARK was located in the south-eastern part of the museum, close to the so-called Lower Technological Canal, surrounded by dumps covered with trees but rich in various types of iron ore once used by the Blast Furnace Complex in Starachowice. Steps of creating the ARCHEOPARK are presented in the Gallery.

1 – slag-pit furnace structure; 2 – iron ore mine; 3 – places for iron ore roasting and making charcoal; 4 – birch tar production stand; 5 – blacksmith`s workshop, leather processing stand, bronzing and goldsmithing; 6 – wood, amber, bone and antler processing, ancient writing stand, pottery; 7 – presentation of the Barbarian household, pottery kiln, pottery stand, camp of Harii tribe; 8 – archery; 9 – weaver`s workshop, plaiting, dying, mint, pottery stand, glass beads production; 10 -  camp and house of Celts – herbarium, weaving, leather processing, square for "young warriors", shield making; 11 – "Holy Grove" and camp of Nahanarvali tribe; 12 – battleground; 13 – place for ancient bloomery experiments; 14 – excavations and reconstruction of pottery; 15 – Roman cuisine, Roman camp; 16 – "cremation" place; 17 – food stands for event's guests

The inspiration for the creation of such a place were results of archeological researches carried out in our region as well as European centers of experimental archeology functioning in the form of  "open-air museums".

Below you will find some photographs from places that inspired us - a center of experimental archeology in Lejre (Denmark).

Reconstruction of the so-called "long house"
Reconstruction of a housestead serving as a base for research on ancient metallurgy
The interior of one of the so-called "long houses" reconstructed in Lejre
One of the reconstructions of a house
Reconstruction of a dug-out dwelling
View over the reconstruction of "Iron age settlement" in Lejre