Dolní Věstonice and Pavlov, on the southern border of the Czech Republic, is one of the richest archeological sites in Europe. What better opportunity to see some of the earliest human artefacts than deep underground?
Unveiled last month in the village of Pavlov, the new Archeopark museum houses archaeological findings from as early as the Palaeolithic period. Also known as the Stone Age, this was when humans were first considered to start using stone tools, many of which are exhibited on the grounds.
Designed by local architects Radko Květ and Pavel Pijácek, the museum is split into two levels and is semi-subterranean, giving it the appearance of being buried. Its form was inspired by prehistoric stone structures, and the interior is deliberately cavernous, featuring decorations recalling early engravings.
Though relatively small in scale, the museum comprises decades of archeological research through displays as well as an interactive digital exhibition by Brno-based graphic studio Pixl-e.