The discoveries at Trzcinica gave rise to a plan to create an open-air archaeological museum on the site of the stronghold and its environs. We purchased the site, an area of over 8 ha, drew up a project and obtained planning permission. Then we applied to the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for a grant and secured a fund for our own financial contribution. We collected all the necessary permits and certificates. Out of 600 projects relating to the protection and restoration of European heritage submitted from the whole of Poland, the National Contact Point selected 14 for recommendation. Our Project, The Carpathian Troy Open-Air Archaeological Museum, Trzcinica: A Regional Tourist Attraction, was on the shortlist. On 10th November 2006 the Norwegian Financial Mechanism Committee in Brussels issued a grant commitment for the Project. The grant amounts to 85% of the Project’s total eligible costs. On 13th March 2007 the contract for the grant was signed. The Project’s Contract Engineer and Contractor are being selected in a tender. The construction of the open-air exhibition will start in July 2007 and will be completed in May 2010.
The aim of the Project is to present a new cultural and tourist attraction as part of the general objective of enhancing the cultural and tourist attractiveness of the Voivodeship of Sub-Carpathia and preserving European cultural heritage.
The plan is to establish an open-air archaeological museum with tourist facilities at Trzcinica, (in the Gmina District of Jasło) on an area of over 8 ha. It will include the Royal Earthworks precinct (4.84 ha), which will be registered as a heritage site, and an archaeological park in its environs (3.22 ha). The originator of the idea and creator of the Project is Mr. Jan Jancarski, who has conducted research on the stronghold..
In the stronghold 9 sections of defensive earthworks will be reconstructed of total length 152 m, a stretch of the road and gatehouse from the beginnings of the Bronze Age, two dwellings and a cart, and the Early Mediaeval gatehouse, 4 Slavonic cottages, a 10th-century spring and the site of the treasure trove. 530 m of access roads, 1,527 m of visitors’ paths and a porter’s lodge will be built. An educational precinct will be arranged.
In the archaeological park an exhibition pavilion of surface area approx. 1800 sq. m will be built, with an exhibition hall, conference hall, educational precinct, administrative, technical and visitors’ services area, workshops, a warehouse, and porter’s lodge. The buildings and facilities will be fitted out with a gas, electricity and water supply and the necessary fixtures. The 3500 year-old Otomani-Füzesabony village with 5 cottages, and the 9th-century AD Slavonic village with 6 cottages will be reconstructed, all in the prehistoric/mediaeval technology. The principal materials for the Otomani-Füzesabony cottages will be wood, reeds and rushes, straw, and clay. They will be post constructions with saddle roofs thatched with rushes, with wattle walls made of plaited rushes or branches and filled up with clay. The Early Mediaeval cottages will be semi-submerged and constructed on the end-fitted log framework scheme. There will be a festival precinct and a car park of over 2000 sq m, with access roads, walkways and artificial lakes. The site will have a perimeter fence and a security system.
We have selected technologies for project implementation on the basis of the special features of the stronghold and its environs as a heritage site, and we are taking all the due precautions to minimise interference in the historic substance of the fortified settlements.
We are planning to hold annual archaeological festivals and jousting tournaments in the open-air museum, and to present displays of old production methods and the everyday life of the stronghold’s inhabitants. Educational activities (classes, presentations, and lectures) will make up an important component of the museum’s operation. We are planning to offer visitors the opportunity of a hands-on approach for the old production methods and everyday life exhibitions.
We shall be combining the traditional museum programme with the features offered by open-air displays and archaeological parks by bringing in experimental archaeology and a visitors’ direct participation scheme for the tour of the prehistoric display. We shall be creating a new tourist and museum facility, in a class of its own in Poland and Central Europe. The role of culture and tourism in the region’s socio-economic development will be enhanced and new sources of income will be created for the local community. The open-air museum will be a branch of the Sub-Carpathian Museum, Krosno. The entire premises will be fenced off and attended by security staff, and the tourist traffic will be fully monitored. The site will give rise to new jobs, and new businesses associated with the tourist industry will be established There will be a substantial increase in the numbers attending cultural events: up to 250 thousand visitors are expected annually. There will be a greater need in the locality for hotel accommodation and catering facilities. New tourist and cultural products will be created.
The Project has the support and financial sponsorship of the local authorities and community as well as private businesses, which will join in the plan to develop the tourist infrastructure. The Project complies with the regional development strategy for the Voivodeship of Sub-Carpathia, the development strategy of the Powiat and Gmina Districts of Jasło, and the National Cultural Development Plan, and has been entered in the long-term investment programme for tasks in culture and national heritage protection adopted by the Regional Parliament of the Voivodeship of Sub-Carpathia and local government authorities. A promotion campaign is being designed. The stronghold will be protected and the open-air museum will make an important contribution to the development of the tourist industry and the advancement of the local population’s wellbeing and prosperity.
Translated by T. Bałuk-Ulewiczowa __________________________________________________________ The text above by courtesy of Sub-Carpathian Museum in Krosno http://www.muzeum.krosno.pl/index.htm