Stepping into my comfort zone and fields of sunshine

Reconstruction of a building at Biskupin

Today we visited a living museum that was erected on-top of the ruins  in which they are depicting. We were led by a tour guide who expertly gave insight into not only the type of lifestyle pursed by the ancient inhabitants, but also a hypothesis on the reasoning for location and purpose of this settlement. Using mostly archaeological evidence, as there was only hieroglyphics, the complete reconstruction of the settlement was able to be produced. The manor in which these people lived is relevant to our class because it talks of the depletion of natural resources, which was likely the reason for the seemingly sudden evacuation of the settlement.

Reconstruction of the front of Biskupin

 

Upon the discovery of the buried ruins in the early 20th century archaeologist began excavation. With this excavation the wood began decomposition because of the oxygen in the air, the most rational choice in preserving this settlement was the re-burial of the ruins. The museum and multiple reconstructions of what historians deduct are accurate representations of what would have stood in the 6th and 5th century B.C. The creation of this live museum gives visitors a new perspective and a way to view what life could have actually been like so long ago. Engaging the visitor in this type of museum allows for a large variant in visitor types and a thriving environment for a lasting impression.

Hand carved wood figures mad by the craftsmen at Biskupin.

After the classes adventure in the reconstruction of life on Biskupin we made our way to some amazing Canola fields. Did I mention my favorite color is yellow? These fields were such a vibrant color of yellow, the pictures don’t even do it justice. We stopped on the side of the road where we did a pH test on the soil and discovered that it was at about a 7. We also learned that some plants are planted to restore the nitrogen in the fields that had been striped by the previous suitor. We were also able to tell where the soil was nitrogen deficient by the coloring of the fields based on the degree of green the plants had.

After this most of us (the girls) took naps in the taxi on the way back home as we were exhausted. We opted out of dinner and made our way back to the dorm to turn in early. 

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