Arkaim Flame 2019
The festival venue has unfolded behind the Stone Age Dwellings, which themselves are a vivid example of historical reconstruction and how it helps archaeologists restore the way of life of ancient people. All reconstructions at the festival were performed not only according to archaeological sources, but also in compliance with ancient technologies. All this made it possible to include the "Flame of Arkaim" in the calendar of the world association of experimental archeology EXARC, which means international recognition.
Before the eyes of the guests of the festival, the whole millennia-old history of the Steppe unfolded - from the Stone Age to archaeologists studying it. During a colorful historical show, the era replaced each other in front of the audience, and the past came to life under the shovel of archaeologists.
Walking around the festival venue it was possible to look at the costumes and life of ancient people, and learn more about the technologies of different eras, and even try to make a stone tool yourself, try your hand at rock art, shoot from a bow, make a pot. One of the most striking events was a glass bead workshop. Everyone could try to create a bead with their own hands in the same way as the nomads of the early Iron Age did, and make sure that this is quite real.
A Scythian smithy worked at the festival, forging of akinak and a bronze helmet was demonstrated. One could also observe the work of the Bronze Age metallurgical furnace, try to grind the grains with a stone grater, and, of course, take pictures in a magnificent reconstruction of the Arkaim chariot. And in the camp of Soviet archaeologists a special children's excavation was organized, where the smallest guests of the festival could unearth ancient ceramics and stone tools.
Also, everyone could try themselves in such competitions as log throwing, scandball, jumping on the shield and many others. The most powerful and agile received valuable prizes - cast replicas of jewelry from Sintashta culture.
Another highlight of the festival was an impromptu concert of ethnic music from a spontaneously gathered group of organizers and participants of the festival. They played so harmoniously and beautifully that the audience did not let them go for a long time, demanding continuation.
But sooner or later, it all ends, and the sounds of barrows and drums gave way to the clang of swords: the time has come for demonstrative battles among the nomads. This time, in addition to medieval battles, spectators could watch a vivid and spectacular battle of the Scythians on akinaki. But all the fights ended in a friendly embrace - because, as the host emphasized, the “Flame of Arkaim” festival is not only an opportunity to touch history, but also to meet old friends and find new ones.
In addition, spectators could watch archery competitions - from different distances and at speed, as well as a costume contest. Its participants not only demonstrated their costumes, but also told in detail on the basis of what exactly they reconstructed, what each detail of the costume means, what materials were used to create it. All costumes were evaluated by a competent jury consisting of archaeological scientists and representatives of the Ministry of Culture of the Chelyabinsk Region. The prize for the best suit - natural linen homespun fabric - was received by Yakov Vnukov, director of the Institute of Time, from Moscow, who presented the costume of meot - the Black Sea Scythian. Two other prizes - a Carolingian type sword for winning the Iron Age Warriors 'tournament and a bow replica from Hedeby for winning the archers' tournament, were taken by one person who won in both categories - Alexander Ovsyannikov, the head of the Ratny Vek club from Chelyabinsk.
As soon as the competition program was completed, and on the stage at the foot of Mount Shamanka, the concert of musician Türgen Kam began. Under the rapidly darkening steppe sky, voices of such musical instruments as Morin Khuur, Khomus, Topshulur, Hese and, of course, incredible bewitching throat singing sounded. “You are the best!” - the audience shouted to the musician from an excess of feelings. Such a warm welcome is not accidental: Tyugren Kam is always a welcome guest on Arkaim, he took part in many festivals and performed with concerts more than once.
The festival ended with the kindling of the flame of Arkaim at the central fire and a magnificent fire show. And each of the audience took away in his heart a piece of this flame: a bright and lively interest in history.
Flame of Arkaim 2018
From the early morning of June 11, the festival unfolded. Here one could learn how to make stone tools, observe the process of smelting metal, feel like a real archaeologist and work in the excavation. The Bronze Age photozone was especially popular. A unique chariot reconstruction was established here, built entirely according to ancient technologies, without a single nail. This chariot was created specifically for the exhibition, prepared for the XIV Forum of interregional cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan, and is now exhibited in the museum "Nature and Man" of the reserve "Arkaim". But for one day the chariot moved to the festival venue. And everyone could not only climb it, but also change into Bronze Age outfits, pick up a spear or a pot and take pictures on the background of the steppe, which has not changed at all over the past millennia.
After the opening ceremony of the festival and the solemn raising of the flag, an impressive historical show began. Times and peoples succeeded each other in front of the audience, under the comments of the presenter. Especially spectacular was the appearance of nomads, one of whom came on horseback.
The show ended with the logical arrival of archaeologists. For the first time, the audience was shown a reconstruction of the archaeological expedition of the 50s.
Also, for the first time at such a festival, one could see a reconstruction of the appearance of the Sak nomads. By the way, it was the Saki costume that was recognized by the jury as the best among all and its author Igor Rashchektayev from the Beaver Gon club received a prize - woolen homespun.
In addition to the costume contest, the festival included archery competitions, an Iron Age warriors tournament and a javelin throwing tournament.
Among the archers, the best was the Ural Kireev from Sibay; he received an authentic Mongolian bow as a reward. Alexander Ovsyannikov from the club "Warrior Century" was not only the best among the soldiers, but also among those who competed in javelin throwing. He got a Carolingian-type sword and a certificate from the Epos jewelry and art workshop.
But not only the reenactors could take part in the competitions, many interesting things were also prepared for the audience: scandball, jumping on the shield and much more. Especially fascinating was scandball - a kind of medieval rugby. The participants were divided into two teams, the task of each of them was to put the ball from the skins onto the opponent's team shield. The fight was very fierce, the audience was actively ill and supported both teams.
In the evening, a concert of the group Türgen Kam took place on the stage at the foot of Mount Shamanka. In the group’s performance, playing musical instruments is combined with the unique technique of throat singing, in which sound originates in the center of the body, and, rising through the chest to the throat, acquires an unusual and bewitching sound. Such unusual music, according to the artist himself, sounds best in the open air.
And the festival ended with a magnificent fire show of the collective “Lights of Arkaim” and a huge bonfire, the space around which was enough for everyone.
The festival turned out to be bright, spectacular, brought a lot of unforgettable impressions for both participants and spectators.
Flame of Arkaim 2017
On June 11, 2017, the first festival of historical reconstruction “Flame of Arkaim” was held in the Arkaim Nature Reserve.
Near the Stone Age dwellings there is a festival venue: with a fair, master classes, nomad tents. Clubs of historical reconstruction from Chelyabinsk, Miass, Chebarkul, as well as participants from Murmansk, Krasnodar, Ufa, Uchalov and Samara, presented the guests of the reserve the ancient cultures of the Southern Urals from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. People in animal skins, clothes of the Bronze Age and nomads looked surprisingly harmonious among the steppe. After all, the steppe remained the same as it was thousands of years ago.
At the opening ceremony, guests were presented to the jury. It consisted of two doctors of historical sciences: Andrey Vladimirovich Epimakhov and Alexander Dmitrievich Tairov from Chelyabinsk, candidate of sciences Igor Vladislavovich Gorashchuk from Samara and director of the Arkaim nature reserve Ekaterina Ivanovna Slastukhina. Also, the head of the Kizilsky district Alexander Borisovich Seleznev took part in the opening ceremony, who expressed the hope that this festival will become a new good tradition.
A vivid historical show in a colorful and accessible form presented the audience the history of the Great Steppe, and the members of the "Warrior Century" club demonstrated traditional tests of warriors, such as, for example, "circles of honor". But the guests of the festival didn’t stand aside - those who wanted could take part in the “wall to wall” battle, and the spectator team won!
Throughout the first half of the day, fascinating master classes were held at which festival guests could learn to sculpt from clay, shoot from a bow, make stone tools with their own hands, and even roll from felt.
A variety of competitions took place in parallel: archery, javelin throwing, wrestling, as well as a competition for the best suit. Moreover, not only reenactors, but also spectators took part in them. So, a tourist named Alexander won the competition in javelin throwing.
The prizes that the participants received were truly unique: a replica of the Norman helmet, a woolen homespun cloth, an English long bow, a medieval tent made of natural linen, a replica of a medieval sword, and certificates from the Epos jewelry workshop.
Weather decided to please the participants of the festival, but only in the morning. Then the heat gave way to rain, and for this reason, part of the festival's action shifted to the central site of the tourist camp. Competitions with spectators took place here, such as throwing logs, tug of war and fighting with safe swords. The warriors tournament was also held here.
And in the Museum of Ancient Manufactures a unique workshop was held on smelting from bronze, where the audience could see with their own eyes the amazing process of turning hot metal into arrowheads.
At the end of the day, the festival’s audience got acquainted with a variety of ancient musical instruments, such as avlos, miserable, arched barb, plate barb, shamanic tambourine and, of course, drums. The festival ended with a magnificent fire show.
Metallurgical Experiment 2015
In the early autumn of 2015, we took part in the filming of a documentary historical film of the Kultura television channel at the Museum of Ancient Production of the Arkaim Nature Reserve. There we reproduced a wonderful experience: reconstruction of the technological process of metallurgy and metal processing of the Bronze Age, from ore to the finished product - the arrowhead.
A domed metallurgical furnace was built from stones and clay, where we placed a clay mold with a small amount of copper ore (azurite), previously crushed by stone pestles. For several hours, with the help of two single-chamber bellows, high temperature was pumped and as a result copper ingots were obtained. The resulting metal was molten in a clay smelter built right there, Vladislav added some tin and cast a beautiful bronze arrowhead of the Sintashta culture. The whole process was done by us in a day.