Known for the beach, for the virgin nature, for the ancient church and fortified walls dating back to the times of Scanderbeg, the head of Rodoni has entered the list of sites that attract archaeologists after the discovery of the remains of two ships dating back to about 2300 years ago drowned in its waters.
Other remains, on the other hand, have been found in the ground, adding evidence that testify to the existence of an ancient city probably dating back to the 4th century BC. For this reason, archeologists hope that at least part of this territory will become a natural park , tourist and archaeological in order to protect themselves from construction and damage that could be brought to the area.
Research on the ancient city
As Reporter.al states, the specialists are convinced that the possible settlement should be sought on one of the hills, which is currently covered with scrub. The Cape Rodoni is one of the most attractive areas of the entire Albanian coast and is believed to have been an Illyrian town that has been lost over the years.
Excavations in the area were inspired, five years ago, by the underwater archaeologist Adrian Anastasi, who found the wreckage of two ships. It is believed that around 2300 years ago, these ships carried different cargoes - such as bricks and fine ceramics - to Durres and other Mediterranean destinations. However, experts believe that in the beginning there were numerous other archaeological finds, and that they were stolen during the last 20 years.
The archaeologists, in the races of the last few weeks, have taken into consideration the idea that in the area there was a lighthouse that illuminated the ships' course when darkness took over. In the meantime, another hypothesis has taken hold: the presence of a monastery, an idea inspired by the remains of the monastery of Santa Chiara, where Mamica, the sister of the national hero Scanderbeg, spent the last years of her life.
The risk of damage
Archaeologists hope that the discoveries can serve as a first step to review the head of the Rodoni head and thus avoid the risk of uncontrolled construction, which has significantly affected the other parts of the coast of Durazzo and which has been avoided until now because part of the territory is owned by the Franciscan church.
The objective is to protect the entire area by making it a natural and environmental park, with archaeological elements to be visited each season thus giving a significant tourist boost to the area.
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