Study finds submerged Roman remains

Archaeologists from the Institute for Underwater Archeology (ZaPA) have uncovered submerged Roman remains off the coast of Portorož, Slovenia.

Portorož, meaning “port of roses”, sits on the Adriatic on a small peninsula in the Municipality of Piran.

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During the Roman period, the peninsula was annexed between 178 and 177 BC by the expanding Roman Empire, where a rural community established residences known as villae rusticae.

Underwater archaeologists from ZaPA have been conducting a recent study of a small coastal area across from the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport.

The team have uncovered submerged Roman-era layers containing a significant quantity of ceramics, including amphorae and imported kitchen and tableware.

The study has also found evidence to indicate that the study area served as a Roman port during antiquity, evidenced by the discovery of a large numbers of wooden stakes and two wooden masts that date from the 3rd and 4th centuries AD.

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Image Credit : ZaPA

According to the researchers: “The findings so far indicate that in late antiquity there was a small port with a mooring and a wooden structure.”

Previous studies of the Portorož coastline has revealed traces of a submerged settlement and Roman era buildings, with a 2004 study finding a Roman fish farm near to the present study area.

ZaPA – The Institute for Underwater Archaeology is a non-profit private organisation that collaborates with archaeologists and other experts in underwater heritage from Slovenian archaeological institutions and private sectors.

Header Image Credit : ZaPA

Sources : ZaPA – Completion of excavations in Fizine

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Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan
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