Archive for the ‘Late antique’ Category

  • Mosaic floor in the Old Episcopal Basilica in Stobi open for visitors once again

    on Jan 3, 15 • in Christianity, Conservation, Late antique, News, Republic of Macedonia, Restoration • with Comments Off on Mosaic floor in the Old Episcopal Basilica in Stobi open for visitors once again

    The final phase of the conservation and restoration work on the mosaic that decorated the floor of the oldest Christian church in the Republic of Macedonia, the Old Episcopal Basilica in Stobi respectively, has been completed after detailed conservation that took over 20 years. The project included a detailed treatment of the fragments of the mosaic floor spread over an area of 160 square meters and its return to the original place in the basilica. During the project, supported by the Culture Ministry, a new, steel frame was placed to hold up the mosaic. It will protect

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  • Roman camp in Bulgaria yields numerous artefacts

    on Oct 3, 14 • in Archaeology, Art, Bulgaria, Excavation, Late antique, News, Roman period • with Comments Off on Roman camp in Bulgaria yields numerous artefacts

    More than 300 coins from the first to sixth centuries AD and hundreds of objects made of bronze, glass, bone and antlers have been unearthed by archaeologists during the excavations in Novae near Svishtov in Bulgaria. Three unique, finely crafted bronze figurines found found  at the dig site [Credit: J. Recław] “The August campaign has brought a very rich archaeological crop in the form of luxury items used by Roman legionnaires. Curiosities include dagger handles made of ivory”, said Prof. Piotr Dyczek, head of research. The work also yielded important findings concerning the architectural solutions

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  • Balaklija – new archaeological site registered by HAEMUS

    on Dec 29, 13 • in Archaeology, Christianity, Cultural heritage, Late antique, Management, Middle Ages, News, Our Activity, Prospecting • with Comments Off on Balaklija – new archaeological site registered by HAEMUS

    The team of HAEMUS 1 within the project about the ‘Cultural Resource Management of Skopska Crna Gora Mountain’, found new unregistered archaeological site around the toponym Balaklija (Mirkovci village), mostly determined on the base of surface architectonic elements. Within the St. Elijah monastery, a base of white marble pillar from Late Antique or Medieval building at the floor level of the half-underground church from the Ottoman period was registered. Outside of the monastery in a nearby field, the remains of pottery from the Medieval period can be found. At the corner of the same field,

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  • Late Roman ring to ward-off ‘evil eye’ found in Croatia

    on Aug 18, 13 • in Archaeology, Art, Croatia, Late antique, News, Roman period • with Comments Off on Late Roman ring to ward-off ‘evil eye’ found in Croatia

    Archaeologists in Croatia have found an interesting ring from the 3rd century. At the depth of two metres in the soil in eastern town of Vinkovci they have found the ring with an “eye” that was, according to experts, used to protect the holder from spells. Researchers have at the same place found a lot of ceramics that date from first to sixth century. “The ring has a drawn rabbit that tastes a flower and that was seen as a symbol of happiness, while the “eye” represents protection against disasters and spells”, Vinkovci City Museum

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  • CONFERENCE: Heraclea Sintica: from Hellenistic polis to Roman civitas (4th c. BC-6th c. AD)

    on Aug 15, 13 • in Antiquty, Archaeology, Bulgaria, Christianity, Conference, Hellenistic period, History, Late antique, News, Roman period • with Comments Off on CONFERENCE: Heraclea Sintica: from Hellenistic polis to Roman civitas (4th c. BC-6th c. AD)

    The American Research Center in Sofia, the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum and the Museum of History in Petrich invite you to the conference Heraclea Sintica: from Hellenistic polis to Roman civitas (4th c. BC-6th c. AD), September 19-21, 2013 in Petrich. The conference brings together 21 scholars from different fields to present their latest research and excavation results on the archaeology and history of Heraclea Sintica. The topics of presentations include historical geography, text-critical analyses of literary sources and inscriptions, new syntheses of archaeological and numismatic data, art historical treatments of little known

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  • Excavation unearths evidence of Thessaloniki’s urban life between 4th and 9th centuries AD

    on May 11, 13 • in Archaeology, Byzantine, Greece, Late antique, Middle Ages, News • with Comments Off on Excavation unearths evidence of Thessaloniki’s urban life between 4th and 9th centuries AD

      Archaeologists in Greece’s northern metropolis Thessaloniki were already overjoyed in 2006 when a 2,300-year-old avenue was found during construction work on the city’s new underground rail network. But a decision to keep in situ the superbly preserved ancient neighbourhood described as “Thessaloniki’s Pompeii” has been hailed as a major win for preservationists in the cash-strapped country that has been forced to make unprecedented cuts to cultural spending. “This is a great victory,” says Aristotelis Mentzos, a professor of Byzantine Archaeology at the city’s Aristotelio University. “Such finds exist in other Roman cities but what

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