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Graeco-Roman fortresses see the light in Albania


The 2018 excavation campaign carried out by the University of Macerata has wrapped up. The campaign took place in cooperation with the archaeological institute of Tirana as part of projects of the foreign ministry in southern Albania that concern the fortresses of Paleokastro and Melan and Hellenistic settlements in the Drino valley.

Graeco-Roman fortresses see the light in Albania
Credit: ANSA
In Paleokastro, excavation work focused on the western gate, the main entrance of the Graeco-Roman fortress dating back to the 4th century BC, and in the internal Byzantine church of the fortress probably built in the 5th-6th century AD.


A team from the University of Camerino registered geophysics information inside the fortification, In Melan, excavation work brought to light fortified structures from the Hellenistic and Byzantine periods. The site, due to its structure and history, offers important development to research that will continue with excavation campaigns in 2019.

Graeco-Roman fortresses see the light in Albania
Credit: ANSA
A group from the Polytechnic University in the Marche made a 3D survey in the theatre of the Roman city of Hadrianopolis, for over a decade at the center of research, and the fortress of Paleokastro.

Students from Unimc, the University of Salento, La Sapienza in Rome and the University of Tirana took part in the project.

Source: ANSA [August 09, 2018]

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