The underground areas of the 11 district in the center of Durres have again surprised archaeologists with a new discovery, while the coexistence of recent buildings with the millennial past of the city is becoming increasingly difficult.
From 30 years to this part, in fact, no monument of the ancient city - such as the amphitheater or the mosaic "Bukuroshja and Durresit" - has been preserved. For this reason, Professor Brikena Shkodra is conducting some studies from the 2015 in the courtyards of the 11 district, thanks to which she made an important discovery last month.
"This is an unverified connection of an important thermal complex with an underground pipeline supplying it with water."- said the professor at the Albanian newspaper reporter.al
According to the latter, the latest discoveries are beginning to shed light on a little-known period of the city, around the fourth century of our era when Durazzo was chosen as the capital of the New Epirus. Moreover, they testify that after the reforms of the emperors Diocletian and Constantine, the city modified the urban standard of water supply.
The masonry structures with semicircular brick arches and waterproofing mortar that were discovered in the courtyard of the Mima family, carried the water channel in a form that had never been used before.
30 years of research, no monument to the public
In the ancient city of Durres the last archaeological discovery that has been preserved by the experts dates back to the end of the year 1980, when the works of a group of buildings were blocked after the theater building "Aleksander Moisiu" and the researches of professor Afrim Hoti brought to light the "medieval rotunda".
The findings in the northern part of the 11 district date back to just after the 1990. Although it is still the part of the city that is less affected by building construction, the 11 district - with every attempt at new construction - has responded by donating wonders of all kinds, some exposed and others hidden underground.
In the basement of one of the buildings in "Aleksander Goga" the ruins of an oven used for the "cutting" of the coins of the city as well as an important mosaic, the mosaic of Hippocampus are preserved. The latter is covered by a road junction, and has been "opened and closed" three times by 1947 because according to experts it is better preserved underground than under the action of atmospheric agents.
"No great monument has been saved in Durres for three decades and the archaeological finds have ended up a few times in the foundations of the constructed buildings.
It is not easy to stop the research until next summer, but in our profession it is known that the discoveries made are better preserved from the underground."- concluded Professor Brikena Shkodra for Reporter.