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Medieval skeleton revealed at site of Diocletian’s Palace in Croatia


A skeleton has been discovered under stone slabs during the installation of new high-voltage cables in the People's Square or Pjaca, located in the area once occupied by the Diocletian’s Palace, in Split.

Medieval skeleton revealed at site of Diocletian’s Palace in Croatia
Credit: Slobodna Dalmacija 
The skeleton lies on the remains of the Cathedral of St. Lawrence (Sv. Lovre), said to be one of the earliest churches in Split, local news sources reported.


"Finding skeletons in this location is nothing out of the ordinary. Namely, around the church itself, after it was demolished, it was buried quite deep. We assume that the cathedral was built at the end of the fifth or early sixth century, and was demolished in the 15th century. Afterwards, the Pjaca or People's Square was built here during the Renaissance transformation. The Pjaca is historically known as Sv. Lovre Square and the church itself dates back to the late antiquity. It is one of the earliest Split churches,” says Dr. Radoslav Bužančić, head of the Conservation Department.


"The skeleton itself will be studied, and further research will determine what will happen to it next", said Dr Bužančić. "This archaeological find illustrates the transformation of Diocletian's Palace into the ancient city, showing the expansion from the palace to the west", he adds.

During excavations conducted in 1978 southwest of the City Hall, in the middle of the Square, at a depth of only 30 to 50 cm, a medieval cemetery was discovered with a total of 24 graves with skeletal remains.

Source: Total Croatia News [March 31, 2019]

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