Professor Kiro Ristov (white t-shirt) explains the Kokino observatory to American and Macedonian archaeology students.

Mid range view of the volcanic peak.

Sign in Macedonian pointing to the trail up to the observatory.

American and Macedonian college students hike to the observatory on 15 July 2007.

Test pit excavated to bedrock along the trail to the observatory.

Labelled view of the notch and thrones. My GPS handheld unit (Garmen) indicates that the thrones are at North 42 degrees 16.973 minutes and East 21 degrees 57.152 minutes. Elevation of 1005 meters +/- 4 meters.

Telephoto view of the thrones.

Jovica Stankovski, archaeologist and discoverer of the Kokino obsevatory in 2001.

Gjore Cenev, physicist from Planetarim in Skopje who has been doing the astronomical analysis of the site.

Sighting Notch.

Gjore Cenev, physicist from Planetarim in Skopje, discusses the ritual that might have been part of the worldview at Kokino with two of the Macedonian students.

Undecorated sherds on the surface of Kokino in the area used for rituals.

Students hike from the ritual area to the thrones.

Telephoto of students and archaeologists at the thrones.

Professor Kiro Ristov, Museum of Skopje, sits on one of the thrones and looks towards the sighting notch.

Hill behind the thrones. Note the 3 upright stones to the left side of the image.

View from hill behind the thrones.

Searching for crossmatches among the sherds from different features excavated at Kokino. Sherds are spread across the floor of the Kumanovo Museum

Typical sherds from the site.

Stone mold for casting metal artifacts from the site of Kokino.

Bronze Age groundstone axe from Kokino. The museum dates it from the 14th to 10th century B.C.

Small pottery vessel with vertically incised lines from Kokino.

Large carinated bowl from Kokino.

Large bowl with bent ledge handles from Kokino.

Three pottery vessel with high loop handles from Kokino.
Webpage created by Professor Michael Fuller on 17 October 2007
Revised 30 October 2007