Between 12 July and 4 August of 2017 theUniversity of Macerata , under the direction of R. Perna, and the Albanian Archaeological Institute, under the direction of prof. Dhimitër Çondi, on the basis of the Collaboration Protocol stipulated between the Albanian Archaeological Institute and the University of Macerata and following what established by the annual Program, conducted study and excavation activities in the area of ancient Hadrianopolis (Sofratikë) and in the territory of the Drino valley.
The interventions, already provided for in the 2015-2017 three-year program, have expanded and articulated what was achieved during the 2016 and in previous years.
In particular, detailed studies and topographic surveys have been carried out in some sites of the Drino valley, already known, but for which new topographic surveys and new archaeological plans have been produced which substantially integrate the data known to date. The sites involved in the investigations were in particular Melan, Selo, Lekel, Labova, Selcka.
The surveys were carried out by land survey with total station and aerial photography by drones.
In the site of Selo in particular a stratigraphic excavation was started in the structure E, on the south-eastern slopes of the fortification, it is a stretch of Hellenistic walls with buttresses that allows access to the fortification ..
In collaboration with the University of Camerino, the geomagnetic and geo-geophysical surveys were carried out in the urban area of Hadrianopolis, extending to the area east of the one already investigated in the 2015 and 2016 towards the Drino river, completing substantially ¼ of the hypothetical extension of the city.
Geomagnetic and geo-electric geophysical surveys also continued in the Antigonea area. In particular, the area to the north of the Agora with a probable public destination was involved and the north, east and west limits were identified.
The Hadrianopolis site also continued the campaign to restore the wall structures that came to light during the 2011-2016 campaigns.
The activity of the University of Macerata is not in fact linked only to the study and research, but also to the protection and enhancement of the rich Albanian archaeological heritage that can become an important opportunity for economic and social growth throughout the territory
Finally, during the mission the materials coming from the 2011-2016 excavations of, and in particular: common pottery, amphorae, fired ceramic glass, Italic sealed earth, African sealed earth, oriental sealed earth, Rosso / Brune roofing, Corinthian ceramics
During the Mission meetings are also held with the professors of the University of Gjirokastra for the purpose of designing the new master's degree in archeology and Mediterranean history.
It is a double qualification that the University of Gjirokastra and that of Macerata intend to launch in the Academic Year 2018 / 2019 and that will allow students of the two Universities to acquire a qualification valid both in Italy and in Albania.
Besides the activity of study and excavation the head of the Italian Archaeological Mission of the University of Macerata prof. Roberto Perna in collaboration with the Honorary Consul of Italy to Argirocastro Teodor Bilushi have also held institutional meetings with local and national authorities.
The press release wason the website of the Italian Embassy in Tirana
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