Animals of the Stone Age, a medieval manor, a book by Baron Tornau and much more can be seen in the Museum of Archeology of the Rosa Khutor resort.
The Museum of Archeology was opened at Rosa Khutor two years ago and during this time it has become a landmark of the resort and the region. More than 60 thousand people have been here since the opening day. The exhibits presented in the museum illustrate the rich history of the region from the time of the formation of the Caucasus Mountains to the present day. The main exhibits were historical finds that were made during archaeological excavations in 2010-2014 at the construction site of the Olympic facilities. The museum presents copies of artifacts: household items, tools, weapons, jewelry, etc.
The museum has several rooms on the topics:
- stone age,
- bronze age,
- antiquity and the early Iron Age,
- medieval and modern times.
Of particular interest to museum visitors are interactive stands:
- “Map of monuments and artifacts”,
- “Animals of the Stone Age”
- “Caucasian medieval estate”,
- mega-book “The Adventures of Baron Thornau”.
Interactive allows using augmented reality to see the exhibits in their original form.
New technologies have turned the museum into a game complex that is interesting to everyone. Even a small child will enthusiastically walk through the pages of history and get accessible and interesting information for him: all the exhibits come to life when you hover over them on the screen of the tablet that you will receive at the entrance.
The museum also has unusual exhibits, such as the skull of a large Caucasian cave bear, about 27 thousand years old. Such bears lived during the ice age and were huge – the weight of a bear reached almost a ton. The cave bear was not an ancestor of the modern brown bear and became extinct 15,000 years ago.
Another unusual exhibit is ammonites – fossilized shells, which are about 116 million years old. This extinct cephalopod lived in the depths of the ancient Tethys Ocean, which was once located on the territory of the modern Caucasus. Ammonites were found in 2010 in the Greater Sochi region in the vicinity of the Chvizhepse River, and the Belaya River near the city of Belorechensk. The museum bought these exhibits from private collectors.
Ammonites in the 1st century AD. BC, Pliny the Elder named them in honor of the ancient Egyptian solar deity Amun of Thebes, depicted with twisted horns of a ram. Ammonites are considered a symbol of family happiness, prosperity and well-being for many peoples of the world.
But perhaps the most enticing exhibit of the museum was the book of Baron Thornau, from the multimedia pages of which he tells about significant historical events and his adventures in these parts in the middle of the 19th century.
The map of archeological monuments of the Mzymta river valley presented in the museum will help you plan a walk to the dolmens in Krasnaya Polyana or other interesting places.
In addition to excursions in the museum, you can take part in educational activities for children and their parents. Such as “Day of the caveman” or “Archaeological expedition”. They allow you to get acquainted with the history of the region in a playful way.
You can buy souvenirs in the museum shop.